Mitu is back in winning form! What a joy to see him where he belongs, on the first place of the podium where he won his world champion title back in 2008! This event was the second stop of the GKA Kitesurf Pro Tour in Dakhla Morocco. And the F-One team was quite loaded with Mitu […]
Insane two weeks in Baja for our annual Mitu Monteiro Wave Camp with Solosports Adventure Holidays PSC! The conditions and surroundings never cease to amaze the group time after time in Punta San Carlos’s action-packed environment filled with the all the best gear from F-One kites and SUP surfboards to top of the line mountain bikes!
Do not miss this UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to learn from the wave master. We are very fortunate to have Mitu back to coach two weeks of wave riding in Punta San Carlos, a right point break, on west coast of Baja, California. First camp is May 27 – June 3 and there are spots available. Second camp is June 3 – 10 and this one is already sold out.
When you see people fighting over a board it’s a fairly good sign that it works, and this shape and construction feels efficient enough to tick the boxes of a lightwind freeride cruiser, a performance strapless air stick if you’re stuck in the chop and ultimately a great surf option in small and medium sized waves (a note, we also prone surfed the 5’8” in shoulder high waves and had surprisingly fun results.) The Mitu ESL is available in two sizes, 5’6″ and 5’8″ for 2017.
Sitting across from me as I cruise down Highway 1 is a hulking Mitu Monteiro filling out the bucket seat of my full size truck. My job today is part journalist/photographer, part tour guide and part unexpected concierge. I had planned on scoring an early session at Waddell, but Mitu had requested we stop off at a tackle shop outside of San Francisco’s city limits. Mitu talks in creoled-out broken English with a laid-back island style. English is just one of Mitu’s six languages, self-taught from years of running a destination kite school on his home island in Cabo Verde.
As we pull into the tackle shop, I glance at my dash clock and we’re already late, but Mitu has a relaxed sense of time, and it reminds me to stop hawkishly checking the iKitesurf numbers on my phone and chill myself out. We duck into the cavernous tackle shop, and Mitu becomes a young boy loose in a candy store. He schools me on shiny lures, vibrantly colored rubber squids, carbon rods and complicated windy reels. There’s pure passion in his words, which makes me think fishing sits somewhere even with kitesurfing in Mitu’s soul. His affinity for fishing feels like a great litmus test of a true waterman — Mitu is not just another shallow surf rat — he is perhaps more a vestige of a childhood surrounded by water and waves in a much simpler place.
Back in the truck and safely pointed down the coast, I probe Mitu for his life story. He tells me of a modest single parent upbringing and the early years of learning to surf, windsurf and kite, challenged not by a lack of talent but the ability to get his hands on equipment. I want to know about his kite school, his wife and his son and how he’s made a life out of kiteboarding. I’m often jaded by the impression that success in kitesurfing is hard to come by, but Mitu is both heavily traveled and speaks with the voice of someone whose found a simple and rewarding balance in the athleticism and commerce of kitesurfing.
ESL stands for Essential which is exactly what F-One decided to do with this board; bringing back the original bamboo sandwich construction and eliminating the pads and inserts; for the riders who prefer a direct contact with the board and use wax for traction.
This year, the MITU range receives two new models: the ultra-light CARBON version and the ESSENTIAL version! This makes our F-ONE MITU range of Surfboards NOW available in FOUR different models for 2017!
This is HUGE, our number one selling surfboard designed by and used everyday by Mitu Monteiro will now come in 4 different constructions, all of these models share the latest design and shape throughout the complete range.
Mitu Essentials 5’6 and 5’8
Mitu Pro 5’4 – 5’6 – 5’8 – 5’10
Mitu Pro Carbon 5’4 – 5’6 – 5’8 – 5’10
Mitu Pro Foil Convertible 5’6 – 5’8 – 5’10