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
Mitu Monteiro 2016 Wave camp highlight reel from SoloSports Adventure Holidays in Punta San Carlos, Baja Mexico! Watch Mitu as he charges down the line smashing every wave in his path!
Video Link: Mitu Monteiro – Punta San Carlos, SoloSports 2016
Edited by: Joey Sanchez
Kitesurf legend Mitu is back in the bay area for a few days before heading to Punta San Carlos for 2 weeks of surf camps. Come to 3rd Ave on Friday June 3, we will setup at the lower launch on the grass area on the right inside. This demo is hosted by Boardsports California, […]
We are stoked to have Mitu back for his annual Wave Camp in Punta San Carlos, Baja California. Dates are June 4-11, Saturday to Saturday.
Do not miss this UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to learn from the wave master. Last year was a total blast and we expect the very same this year. Mitu is a busy professional, juggling dates between contests, F-One gear development (Mitu Pro Board Series) and promotional photo and video shoot, not to mention he runs a full kite school back home in Cabo Verde. We are very fortunate to have him back to coach a select group of riders who want to take their skills to the next level. That could be you !
We could not agree more with this comprehensive and outstandingly accurate review of the 2016 Mitu Pro Surfboard by IKSURFMAG. Take a few minutes and indulge yourself into our teams favorite strapless kitesurfing weapon, you will not be disappointed with what you find! Available Sizes include 5’4”, 5’6”, 5’8” and 5’10” for 2016.
For 2016 the Mitu Monteiro Pro Model Surf board is looking better than ever. With a few small improvements we are continuing to take your strapless game to the next level with this team weapon of choice! Offered in 5’4″, 5’6″, 5’8″, 5’10” click below to get all the details!
Big thank you to everyone who made The 2015 Camp possible, especially the Solosports Crew! Can’t wait to see what next year brings. Keep an eye out for the 2016 Mitu camp dates… Until then we have a pretty awesome photo gallery you should check out from this year!
“The biggest news for this hugely popular board this year is the new construction. Gone is the double bamboo sandwich, and in is a new technique that F-One are calling the HD Foam Flex Composite. The new construction is really tough and provides a very smooth ride in the choppiest of waters and there is plenty of control at high speed.” – Rou Chater, Iksurf magazine