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Mistral Mast Track 1989 Plus: Repair and Maintenance

Back in 1989, Mistral invented one of the better adjustable Mast Tracks on the market, can be seen in image 1. It allowed for easy adjustment for Mast base position on the fly, allowing you to get a leg up on the competition while racing. To this day, you are able to find Windsurfing races where these boards are still the top competitors in the longboard class. Boards such as the Mistral One Design, Mistral Superlight, and Mistral Equipe are crazy awesome boards when it comes to racing. On the other hand, finding parts for these boards isn’t the easiest task at hand. Luckily, Wind Power is here to help. We offer many replacement parts for your older Mistral Board. Link to Mistral Manufacturer page.

Image 1: Mistral Mast Track 1989 Plus

Over time these tracks acquire dirt and debris which is harmful for both the guideline and car/car pulleys. Along with this issue, these tracks have been known to have broken pedals, rusted pedal pins, worn guidelines, and broken line grippers. Wind Power has begun to produce customized parts that are able to replace many commonly broken parts on your Mistral mast track. Also, Wind Power has produced a great instructional video that goes through each process and explains the tracks in great detail. The link to that video can be found here. Today we will be discussing how these mast tracks work and provide some insight on what works well for repairing your Mistral Mast Track, we will be referencing our video to do so.

When you suspect that your Mistral mast track is beginning to wear and become a problem we suggest to remove and replace parts that may be an issue. The last thing you want while ripping on your Mistral board is to break a crucial piece to the mast track. This can cause many issues while racing or casual riding. First you will need to remove the track from the board to replace any parts. This is an easy process, all that is needed is a Philips screwdriver. Remove the screws that are holding the track in place. If the track is wedged into the board, take a Flathead screwdriver and place your hand or a piece of wood on the board and gently pry the track out of the board.

Now that your Mistral mast track is removed from the board, you are able to take a closer look at how everything is working here. First we will explain the spring gripper system. If you lift the pedal to the upward position you will expose the line grippers and springs. In the combined image 2 below, you can see how the line grippers and springs along with how the guideline wraps around the pulley below the springs. How this system works is simple. When the springs are resting they are applying direct pressure to the grippers which are pressed down onto the guideline. When the pedal is pressed down this compresses the springs and allows the guideline to move freely, this line is a continuous loop that is attached to the mast track car.

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Image 2: Exposed springs and line grippers (left) Guideline around pulley, and springs (right)

The guideline is able to move freely through the track by the use of pulleys. This is shown in image 3 below. These pulleys can be a problem sometimes when sand or debris enters this system jamming the pulleys. If this is the case, remove the pulleys and replace them while applying dry silicone spray. Always apply dry silicone to any move plastic parts in the track, this allows for a longer life cycle and prevents increased friction. Reference our video here for a step by step guide to removing all components of your Mistral mast track.

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Image 3: Pulley system and gripper/springs

Since this system uses spring tension to lock the car into position, certain spring pressure is needed. What I mean by this is, the two springs that are placed into the track provide two different pressures. This is marked by the spring color, so it is essential that you place the correct color spring in its original place when assembling the track. On our video you can see that the red spring is located on the right side of the system. This is shown in image 4 located below. Kevin reiterates this by saying “Red on the Right”.

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Image 4: Red Spring on the Right, Natural Colored Spring on the Left

One last function of the gripper system that is unnoticed usually is the eccentric that is located between the springs. The eccentric is shown in image 5 located below. This eccentric is used to adjust the tension of the guideline, it is primarily used when replacing the guideline. There are only two settings to the eccentric since the spring lock needs to be in place to lock the springs into their respected places. This is shown in image 6 located below. 

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     Image 5: Eccentric Pulled from System                                                                                               Image 6: Eccentric Maxed Out (Left) Eccentric Min (Right)

There you have it, that is how the Mistral mast track works and a few additional notes of insight. Don’t forget to check out our video for a great visual on how everything works. If any additional questions or concerns arise through your process, don’t hesitate to contact us any time. Let’s keep these great longboards on the water and in the race circuit!

If you have any further questions regarding anything to do with Windsurfing don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re here to serve your water sport needs.

Fiberspar Boom Repair: Replacing your Old and Worn Fiberspar Twist Locks

Working within the Windsurfing Industry has taught me many things, one being that people LOVE their Fiberspar Carbon Booms. These booms were, and still are, top of the line carbon booms that perform to the highest standards. With features such as durability, weight reduction, and many other performance driven aspects. Keeping your Fiberspar Booms up to par and functional is one of Wind Power’s top priorities, we offer many different Fiberspar parts to keep them on the water. Link to Fiberspar products.

Today we want to discuss a common issue with the Fiberspar Carbon booms, the issue regarding why some windsurfers need to replace their Fiberspar Carbon boom Twist Locks when the tabs on the inside fingers of the Twist Locks start to wear down. Located below in Image 1 is a close up of how the locks are positioned on the boom end and in Image 2 the tabs on the fingers.

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                               Image 1: lock on boom end                                            Image 2: tabs on fingers                

When this happens, the boom end is able to slide freely, not allowing the tabs to properly lock onto the certain notch. This is an obvious issue when wanting to rig different sized sails. Luckily Wind Power has a large quantity of OEM replacement Fiberspar Twists Locks and the “know how” to help you replace them yourself. With the help from this short blog, you will be able to fix any Fiberspar Boom whose twist locks have failed!

Wind Power has created a great video starring Wind Power’s very own Kevin Gratton. It is a fantastic video that goes into great detail on how to replace the Fiberspar Twist Locks and little hints to make sure everything goes smoothly through the process. This video is a great guide and the visuals will help you to understand the process. The link to Wind Power’s Fiberspar Repair Video can be found here

Alright, let’s get into the first steps in replacing your Fiberspar Twist Locks! The first step in the process is to gather your Fiberspar Carbon Boom and all your equipment/tools needed for the repair. The tools needed for this install can be found on the instructions sheet which is located here. Next we will remove the boom end to easily work on the boom and to avoid any damage to the boom end. We need to remove the old twist locks, the best method we found is using a hacksaw and cutting at an angle lengthwise. Make sure to only cut into the plastic and to not cut too deep that you cut the carbon arm, just go slow and you will be fine. After it looks like you have cut all the way through the plastic, take a Flathead screwdriver and twist your wrist to pry open the cut you just made. This will force the twist lock off of the carbon arm and remove the twist lock. After you have removed the plastic lock, you will need to sand the excess epoxy that is on the arm.

When you begin to sand the arm to remove the epoxy, the best method is to rip a large piece of emery cloth and sand it similar to how you would polish a shoe. This is shown in the video, this will give you the most even sand on the arm and ensure you get each side evenly. Start on the bottom of the arm, then flip the emery cloth over and continue on the top. Continue to check to see how the new lock slides onto the boom arm, it should slide on and off very easily, if not continue sanding. After your twist locks fit onto the boom extremely well, sand the inside of the locks themselves. This helps for the adhesive to stick to the plastic and helps ensure that it adheres properly. After sanding everything it is suggested you wipe down the surfaces that were sanded. This is a precautionary measure to make sure everything is clean and there’s no debris.

Now that your locks fit properly and you have everything sanded and prepped you are now ready to begin mixing your adhesive! Kevin has a great little trick to remove the adhesive from the package quickly and mess free, just simply take the stir stick and use it to push the adhesive out. Stir the two parts together and begin applying the mixture generously to the boom arm and inside the lock itself, any surface that is being glued is suggested to receive a little adhesive. Now that your adhesive is applied to your boom arms you can begin putting the locks on, while pushing the locks onto the arms, slowly turn the lock in a clockwise motion to evenly distribute all of the adhesive. Position the lock tabs where you believe is the best location.

After your locks are firmly pressed onto the boom arms it is essential that you look into the tubes where the boom end slides into. Take a rag or paper towel and wipe any excess adhesive out of the tube, if there is any adhesives in the tube and it drys like that you won’t be able to install the boom end and you will need to use a Dremel tool or sandpaper to remove the excess adhesive. It is also recommended to remove any excess adhesive from the outside of the locks, removing this adhesive give the locks a more professional appearance after the adhesive dries. After everything is cleaned and positioned correctly we recommend taking packaging tape and tape the locks into place. Use a decent amount of pressure to ensure a solid connection, sometimes when the adhesive dries it pushes the locks forward and out of position so it is better to just tape them into position ensuring they will not move. Let you boom sit for approximately 2 hours and you will be able to remove the tape.

Once you remove the tape exposing your brand NEW Fiberspar locks, it is EXTREMELY important to put the twist lock caps ONTO the locks. This is displayed in Image 4 located below. If the caps are not put onto the locks then you risk the chance of breaking the fingers off of the locks when trying to install the boom end. This is a simple step but can be overlooked at times… speaking from experience. Once the caps are placed onto the locks you are ready to install your boom end! It is recommended you find a partner when installing the boom end, it makes it much easier, but it can be done solo. If you are attempting to install the boom end solo, apply pressure to the boom end pushing the ends towards each other and taping the boom end. For a reference to this, you can find it in our video when Kevin installs the boom end himself.

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Image 4: Placing Twist Lock Caps onto Fingers to Avoid Breakage

There you have it! You now have brand NEW, fully functional Fiberspar Twist Locks! You are now ready to hit the water with one of the best booms to ever be created for the Windsurfing junkies like us. 

For more information contact the Wind Power team. We’re here to serve your Watersporting needs!

Introduction to Snowkiting: A Snowy Season with Wind Power

The winter season is fast approaching, and here at Wind Power we have been receiving a lot of interest in the snow sports that we participate in. So today, we decided to create a quick overview of the winter sport “Snowkiting”.

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(Wind Power’s own Ben Herdrich Snowkiting on a warm day)

In this blog we will explore the concept of Snowkiting and the types of kites used while Snowkiting. Snowkiting is an amazing new sport that has been the talk of the town for a few years now, with all the new and advanced equipment, it makes the sport easier and more versatile for all types of riders.

Let’s look a little bit into what exactly Snowkiting is and why it is becoming such a popular sport. Snowkiting is basically skiing or snowboarding with a kite. There is a lot that goes into this sport however, understanding the wind, flying the kite, edging, jumping, etc… With all these things going on, Snowkiting can become a very challenging sport that tests your limits each and every session. Wind Power recommends at first taking lessons (Snowkiting Lessons) to learn important safety concerns with kiting, and also how to actually FLY the kite. Learning how to properly fly the kite from an instructor makes it that much easier, and quicker, to get you up and running on your board or skis. A few safety factors are important to understand, you need equipment that will protect you in case you crash, fall, make a mistake flying the kite, or any other factor that can come into play. Pads are highly recommended since here in Wisconsin, we are mostly Snowkiting on frozen lakes and this can cause injuries if you are not properly protected. For safety, protection equipment and gear, check out this past article written by Wind Power: Winter Safety Equipment.

Let’s talk a little bit about the types of kites used for Snowkiting. There are two specific styles of kites used in the winter season. The more traditional kite that is commonly used for Snowkiting is a Foil Kite link to Ozone Foil Kites.

Foil Kites are non-inflatable kites that capture air inside of various cells located on the leading edge of the kite (very front of the kite) to create the classic C-shaped outline the kite requires to properly fly. Below in Image 1 is an image of an Ozone Foil Kite. A few benefits to having a foil kite is the ease of packing up, the power that foil kites are able to generate, and the ability to kite in lower wind ranges. The foil kite is able to be easily packed away into a small backpack when in the backcountry, no need to release any valves to deflate the kite (we will explain this feature in the paragraph to come). A foil kite can also be used on land, some rider use foil kites to power buggies, mountainboards, and other land cruisers. These are just a few benefits to having a foil kite in the winter.

Image 1: Ozone Foil Kite

The second type of kite used in Snowkiting is a Power Kite or Inflatable Kite. This style requires air to be pumped into a “bladder” on the leading edge. In doing so, the kite takes on a “fixed” shape. A benefit of an inflatable kite compared to a foil kite is that inflatable kites can be used more easily on both water surfaces and snow/ land surfaces. This is due to the fact that inflatable kites can be “re-launched” from water surfaces much easier than foil kites. This allows kiteboarders to use the same type of kite on both water and snow/land surfaces. Referencing the previous paragraph, these kites have sometimes multiple struts lining the canopy to help give the kite its shape. Located below in Image 2 is a great picture by North Kites showing the leading edge, and the struts located on the kite.

Image 2: Leading edge and Struts

The bladder and all the struts fill with air and this air needs to be removed to store the kite in its specific bag. This process is not a lengthy one so packing up takes just a little bit longer than the foil kite. Located below in Image 3 is a picture of a Naish Inflatable Kite. 

Image 3: Naish Inflatable Kite

Wind Power has been involved in Snowkiting from the beginning. Not only do we host races, events, demo, etc, we are also actively involved with Snowkiting instruction all winter long! Link to Winter Snowkiting Lessons page. Wind Power has the knowledge, experience, resources, location and support for ANYONE interested in pursuing Snowkiting.

~Team Wind Power~

Sunny Summer at Wind Power!

Hello to All,

Team Wind Power here. We all hope that everyone is having a great summer sailing season and has been spending time on the water,, we sure have been.

Our summer has been busy with lessons, school lessons, rentals, demos, races, etc. New customers are coming into the door every single day and getting involved in our sports. We had a very successful grand opening for the new Shop, with great wind and weather the entire weekend.

Make sure to stop by and visit us during the Wind Power Championships, which happens over the weekend of September 19 – 20th. Pray for Wind!

Until next time, keep enjoying the sports we all enjoy and improving your skills!

Good Health and Strong Winds to All

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