Don't know too much about race boards in general but the Mistral
is about the following:
+ Before about 1990 there pobabely already was an Equipe, not 100 %
+ Around 1990 the Equipe was (re)introduced, along with the IMCO
in 96 and 2000) which has the same shape. "Race" is just the type of
and does not mean any special model.
+ In the mid 90s the Equipe II was introduced, with more volume and
rails than the original Equipe. THe IMCO was not changed. The E II
faster / better.
+ This year it has again been reshaped and is now called the PanAm with
+ Another Mistral longboard is the Superlight (introduced in the mid
not to be confused with the old Superlight from the mid 80s) which was
targetet at a more recreationally oriented market and the Competition
for begnners and schools (odd name for a non-competitive longboard
+ Thechnology: LCS was the Low-Tech version around 1990, later replaced
by CGI (don't know wether there was a Equipe CGI however).
CHS is the medium light line of the mid 90s, successor of DCS which
existed above LCS around 1990. XR is the top-line, very light, very
(when new), quite fragile, it's basically a thermomolded epoxy
with all glass replaced by carbon but no sandwich layers.
Similar boards: No current ones imho but there used to be the Fanatic
F2 Lightning and AHD Terminator.
DCS = Durable Carbon Sandwich - this construction was tough, and relatively
CHS = Composite Hybrid Sandwich - was a light yet strong construction.
LCS = Light Carbon Sandwich - was very light, but prone to "little
XR = ??? - took over from the LCS, and was marginally improved in terms of
weight and durability. This board also had a tadge more volume (not sure on
About that time, F2 stole the show with the Cat, then the Mega Cat (lighter)
which had the advantage of having considerably more volume, and could
therefore support all the fat boys who wanted to go racing in zero winds.
Luckily it was then that some world cup sailor......??????.......(What was
his name)..proved that a short board could win a course race hands down in
the right conditions. The story I heard was that he was in a series of
course races at world cup level, when he threw all his teddies out of the
cot and joined the start line with a slalom board. He struggled on the
upwind legs, but then of course whopped them all on the way home.
The world lost interest in long boards.
Tufarnorth <tufar...@aol.com> wrote in message
>> Also, are there any other longboards out there I should be looking at
>> are comparable in speed and weight. Thanks Cindy
In addition to the F2 Lightning and Fanatic Ultra Cat, you need to take in
the Mistral Superlight II, which is the same hull as the Equipe II, though a
little bit heavier.
Water-play have new 1998 Equipe II listed on their web site for $899
(without straps) - quite a deal. See:
Finally, if you are a beginner, the weight is not very important when you
are sailing, but will make a difference when you are carrying it yourself.
The downside to lighter boards is that they are more fragile.
Check out the Utah Windsurfing Association:
Another small correction; I have a 1986 Mistral Equipe LCS XR in the
garage, so the XR was back in the eighties as well.
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Was it Eric Thieme? That seems to ring a bell...
I also remember (from magazines) those short lived prototypes after that
that had huge retractable fins for the downwind legs. And I remember
some sailors (Robby N?) complaining that the short boards killed all the
tactics and turned course racing into a drag race.
Buy the Equipe II for racing and fun. -Dan
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