The International Mistral Class Organisation (IMCO) was founded in 1978 to promote the fundamentals of one design windsurf racing worldwide.
IMCO's three guiding principles remain as relevant now and they are:
i) To keep each piece of equipment as equal as possible;
ii) To minimize the cost for each competitor;
iii) To encourage the use of racing tactics and sailing skills to increase board speed.
The Mistral One Design (MOD) board was first produced in 1989 by Mistral Sports Gmbh.
An estimated 30,000 boards exist worldwide.
World championships have been held since 1993.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the governing body of sailing, selected the MOD equipment for use at three Olympic Regattas – Savannah (1996), Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004).
The equipment has been used at multiple Regional Games and continues to be used at events such as – Asian Games, South East Asian Games; Asian Beach Games.
In 2009 Anders Bringdal International acquired the Mistral licence and has committed his company to the relaunch of the MOD class.
In 2010 ISAF approved the updated MOD class rules. The introduction to these class rules encapsulates the philosophy of both Mistral and IMCO:
The object of the International Mistral One Design Class is to establish a fair and economical longboard racing worldwide.