Welcome Patri, you worked a lot on the development of the new 2022 Neo SLS kite alongside designer Ken Winner and Sky Solbach. Give us your impressions on the new kite, how was the feedback from the 2021 Neo SLS and what aspects were you guys trying to improve for this year?
With the 2022 Neo SLS, we have tried to make some adjustments to make the kite better. It's been a challenging prospect as the 2021 Neo SLS was already such a good kite. We wanted to tweak certain things, for example, making it a little bit smoother in the turns and smoothing out the wingtips. There were certain things they were trying to achieve without sacrificing any of the performance. We did a bunch of testing and the result is the 2022 Neo SLS is a better kite without losing any of the bar feel or the super-fast turning. One of the things I love about the Neo SLS is how quick the kite turns when you're sheeted out and de-powered which is really important when you are riding waves. If you're behind the wave and you want to whip your kite really quick without getting yanked or pulled your kite has to be able to pivot and manoeuvre really fast while you are sheeted out and de-powered. That's one thing we focused on a lot with the 2022 model, it's very similar to 2021, just a little bit smoother with more depower and a little bit quicker. Ken has kind of just polished the model up. 2021 was the first year of the SLS Neo and it was already amazing, the feedback was amazing and I think it's the best kite I had ever ridden. I have a hard time riding anything else now.