ENGIE has been a back of kitesurfing in France since 2008. The Group’s support takes the form of partnerships with two federations: the FFVL and the FFVoile.

  • Alexandre Caizergues, French kitesurfer, broke his own world record on November 13th At the Salt and Speed event on the Salin-de-Giraud Canal, at a stratospheric average speed of 57.97 knots (66.71 mph) over 500 meters,

The Group has been the official partner of the French Federation of Free Flight (FFVL) since 2008. The goal of this commitment is to promote free flight sports and support their practice in France. This also has a CSR dimension (handikite). Apart from kitesurfing, other free slight sports include paragliding, hang gliding, kite flying and boomerang.

Since 2017, ENGIE has been a partner of the France Kite Foil championships organized by the French Sailing Federation (FFVoile).

The Group is proud to have Alex Caizergues, four-time kite speed world champion and current holder of the world speed record for kitesurfing with an average speed of 107.3 km/h over 500m, as an Ambassador for promoting the sport.

This support of kitesurfing for over ten years also reflects the Group’s policy with regard to sport sponsorship, with sustainable support based on loyalty, a desire to contribute to developing practice of the sport and excellence at the elite level.

ENGIE also promotes the development of handikite (kitesurfing for athletes with disability) and the practice of kitesurfing at all levels, whether young talents participating in national competitions or the general public.

ENGIE Kite Tour 2019

ENGIE Kite Tour 2019

ENGIE will once again be the official sponsor in 2019 of the Speed Crossing Cup (also known as the ENGIE Kite Tour). Created back in 2004, this competition has within a few years become one of the favorite challenges for France’s top kitesurfers, and it is the number one event for popularizing kitesurfing and encouraging people to take part. It will be organized in 2019 by the FFVoile.

Consisting of four stages, the ENGIE Kite Tour 2019 will take place on the following French beaches:

  • Hendaye, May 10, 11 and 12, 2019
  • La Baule, June 28, 29 and 30, 2019
  • Wimereux, September 6, 7 and 8, 2019
  • La Grande Motte, October 11, 12 and 13, 2019

The 2018 competition attracted some of the sport’s top names, including Alex Caizergues, the ENGIE ambassador and kitesurfing world speed record holder, Axel Mazella (two-time Junior World Champion and runner-up in the 2017 Formula Kite World Championship), Alexia Fancelli (3rd place in the 2018 World Championship at Aarhus) and Alexis Mounard (a regular competitor on the international circuits). The final took place at the end of September at the Prado beach, Marseille, a stretch of water that will be used for water sports in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The 2019 edition once again promises to provide an intense and thrilling spectacle. Large crowds of avid spectators will come into contact with the top French athletes in the sport, including Alexia Fancelli, Anaïs Mai Desjardin, Axel Mazella, Nicolas Parlier (two-time world kitesurfing champion) and, of course, Kitespeed World Record holder Alex Caizergues.

Follow all the news of the competition on the official website: https://engiekitetour.fr/ (only in french)

World record for Alexandre Caizergues

At Salt and Speed, organized in November 2017 at the Salin-de-Giraud site at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône in the South of France, kitesurfer Alexandre Caizergues, who has been sponsored by ENGIE since 2010, was hoping for a good weather window that would give him a chance of beating his own world speed record for kitesurfing.

And he did it! On Monday, November 13, 2017, Alex Caizergues set a new world record of 57.97 knots over 500 meters, equivalent to 107.36 km/h, beating his own previous record, set back in 2013, of 56.62 knots, equivalent to 104.8 km/h). The French kitesurfer, a four-time world champion, has made yet another piece of history in his sport. Back in 2010, Alex Caizergues was the first man to sail at a speed of over 100 km/h.

French Windfoil and Kitefoil championships

ENGIE will also sponsor the French Windfoil and Kitefoil championships from August 26 to 30 on the beaches of Occitania. The titles of French Champion in the two disciplines are decided annually at this event.