Evo - Interview with Ralf Grösel

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Hi Ralf! What did you set out to achieve for the 2019 Evo?

In 2018 we made the decision to reduce the number of struts on the Evo from 5 to 3. It was the final piece of the puzzle that was missing from what is now the greatest free ride formula. It really set the foundations for us to create something outstanding for 2019.

My goal was to check the boundaries on the new Evo construction. Even though it is, and will always be the ultimate all-round kite, I wanted to see how much further we could go between lightness and structure, handling performance and balance, depower and agility, fast and responsive with light steering pressure.

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Were the any challenges along the way and how did you overcome them?

Combining all the variables and performance characteristics is more difficult than it seems. That said, the EVO has been part of the kite range for so many years now, you can almost predict how changes will affect performance, so challenges are quick to overcome. That’s why this year I pushed hard to find the EVO’s boundaries and parameters. It allowed me to discover what I needed to further enhance it’s handling, usability, performance and jumping.

What are the main design and performance updates for this year’s model?

Different aspect ratios can be found on the smaller sizes this year, which delivers a very stable kite with epic depower. The depower performance across all sizes also allows the user to take a bigger kite if they want. You will also find that the EVO has more precise feedback combined with a lighter bar pressure, which ensures great handling in strong conditions. The reduction in overall weight combined with a solid and stable frame means that wave riders will also enjoy its playfulness.

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Why choose the 2019 Evo?

The Evo has all the qualities and performance characteristics to satisfy pretty much any rider. It’s the ultimate all-round kite; an easy jumper, huge depower, stable, reactive, forgiving and with huge sheet-and-go

In a nutshell, what´s new for the 2019 Evo?

The EVO the best all-round kite, no doubt.  It’s a benchmark model within our brand and the industry. Years of proven design and performance have allowed us to take the 2019 EVO to the next level;  you won’t be disappointed.

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