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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!

WISSA 2015 – Sharing the Pictures & Videos of this Event

The Organizers of the WISSA 2015 Event want to share the pictures and videos.

We are encouraging everyone (racers, volunteers & spectators) to share their content.  There are a lot of great pictures & videos!!  If you check out the Wind Power home page, over 100 images from WISSA 2015 were added to the slideshow.

If you choose to share your content, and we sure hope you do, you will have access to all the original content that is being shared via a private URL.  The images and videos that are uploaded, we be reviewed and selected content will be posted at web quality for everyone to enjoy.

We will be using FTP (file transfer protocol) to allow you to upload your content to the Wind Power web server.  To request an FTP account for sharing, please fill out the following form and hit submit.  You will be e-mailed a private FTP account information and basic instructions on how to login and upload your content.

If you have questions, please contact us and we will try to help!

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WISSA 2015 Race Results

WISSA 2015 drone overhead image

WISSA 2015 Event Site from the Drone (Thanks Casey)

 

The following files (.pdf) are the FINAL Scoring results from the World Ice & Snow Sailing Championship event held in Fond du Lac, WI USA.  The event was help February 9 to 14, 2015 on the Southern end of Lake Winnebago

We hope everyone made it back home with safe travels and has great memories of this exceptional Event put on by Wind Power, WAK and FDL Visitors Bureau.  Also, a huge THANK YOU to the Race Committee for running great races!

Course Racing:

STS (short track slalom) Racing:

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Mike Bierworth (#011) was nominated for the ‘Honorary Long Distance’ with 57 miles sailed on Saturday Feb. 14.  No racing was held Saturday due to high winds and very low visibility.

We are going to be adding content to our blog and site in the near future.  It is windy today, so gonna go out and sail a bit.  Thanks to ALL the Racers, Volunteers, Hosts, Sponsors, Spectators and everyone at WISSA 2015!

 

 

Fall Sailing & Kiting at Wind Power October 25, 2014

This fall has yield good conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers on Lake Winnebago.  Here is a video of put together by the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) – Thanks Dan!

Winds were WNW (west-northwest) 20 mph gusting to 35 mph.  See the data in Weather Center History.  The wind had quite a range and gusts were strong.  We had a couple windsurfers and half a dozen kitesurfers.

 

2013 Sturgeon Stampede

Join the 24th Annual Sturgeon Stampede!

Feb. 9th – 10th

 

Warming up and winding down after a great day in the wind.

 

Lake Winnebago has turned into a winter play ground again.  Many sports take place on the lake in the winter.  Kiting, Ice Windsurfing, Ice Boating, Snowmobiling, Ice Bikes, 4-Wheeling, Cross-country Skiing, Ice Skating and of course Ice Fishing.  Those are just a few of the many activities enjoyed in the winter on the frozen Lake.  Airplanes touch down, people drive their vehicles on the lake, and it’s like another city out there in the Winter Wonderland.

There is a very busy time on the lake when Sturgeon Spearing takes place.  There can be 10,000 shanties out there with someone in them trying their luck at capturing a Sturgeon.  Sturgeon Spearing usually starts the second weekend of February and runs until the harvest quota of sturgeons are meet which usually takes about a week.

What a great time for a PARTY!  Voila! The Sturgeon Stampede.   Dan Deuster and Ed Schneider started it over 20 years ago.  It has transformed over the years and now it’s a Kiting Event with WAK (Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders) running it.  It also has other entities such as Windsurfing on the ice/snow, Ice skating, Ice bowling and of course food and beer.  Saturday evening is the time to light the bonfire.  So come and watch or better yet participate!  (Link to map)Fisherman’s Road

 

The Kiting Event will kick off Friday with the courses and jumping ramps being setup and tested vigorously.  Beer and Food follows.  Saturday morning registration takes place until 11:00 am followed by an 11:30 riders meeting to discuss the events and their format.  Possible Events include Lake Crossing, GPS Speed Drags, Kitercross (obstacle course), and the Big Air Contest.  Beverages and warm food will be available. At dusk the bonfire will be lit with the awards to follow.  Sunday is a funday with more fun racing.  It is also the back-up day for lack of wind or good conditions.  As of this writing the conditions on the lake are excellent for the event.

 

Kevin has had the busiest winter yet teaching Winter-Boarding(Windsurfing on the ice/snow) and Kiting.  Winter is the easiest time to learn both sports, especially Kiting.  You can learn to kite in 2 – 3 hours in the winter versus 2 – 3 days in the summer. It takes much more power generated from the kite to get moving on soft water.  If you kite about 10 times in the winter your skills should be at a much better level to learn the soft water kiting easily. If fact you should be able to get rides on soft water the first day you try after kiting in the winter.

So sign up soon so you can get your ten times out with a kite in the winter before it thaws.  Wind Power currently has a waiting list so get on the list ASAP.  The lake has over 2 feet of ice.  The snow conditions are currently excellent now for both skis and snowboards. Wind Power Kite Lessons  link to WP Kite Blog

24th Annual Sturgeon Stampede Defies Weather Conditions

 

The members of the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) will be making the best of this years winter weather at the 24th annual Sturgeon Stampede Kiteboarding Classic to be held on February 9th and 10th .  “This year offers a unique weather opportunity to explore new methods of sailing and kiting on ice and to enjoy the festivities developed by our members.”

 

Many of the Midwest’s best kiteboarders will collect off the shores of lake Winnebago to show off their favorite tricks while competing in a variety of heats including: Speed drags, Kitercross, Lake crossing, and of course  Big Air . Events will be scheduled from Noon to dark each day, wind permitting.

 

Kiteboarding is the fastest growing water / snow sport in the world, and can be enjoyed year round, on snow, ice, or water. It combines the fundamentals of wakeboarding or snowboarding, along with flying a 3 to 16 meter kite for power. The power of the kite allows jumps and tricks often exceeding 20 feet, and the ability to free ride for hours at a time. No gasoline or lift ticket required!

 

The members of WAK invite you to their event Feb 9-10 and suggest you dress for the weather and bring your camera. Several kite instructors and retailers will be at the event for those interested in learning the sport. An ice bar will be featured at this years event as well as heated shelter, music, food and refreshments. Other activities include ice bowling, Sturge-O-Rama, Sturgeon Queen contest, awards presentation, and a bonfire at dusk.

 

The event starts at noon and will be held on Lake Winnebago 1/2 mile off the shore of Fisherman’s Road landing (6 miles north of hwy 23 off hwy 151). For more information check out our website at www.wakkiteboarding.com , or email any questions to info@wakkiteboarding.com