At the Salt and Speed event on the Salin-de-Giraud Canal, French kitesurfer Alexandre Caizergues broke his own world record yesterday. At a stratospheric average speed of 57.97 knots (66.71 mph) over 500 meters, the rider from Provence achieved yet another first in the history of his own sport and the speed record book.

  • crédit photo : Greg Beneteau / Salt and Speed
  • crédit photo : Greg Beneteau / Salt and Speed

The values of kitesurfing are similar to those of ENGIE when it comes to developing green energies to enable businesses, local authorities and private individuals to be supplied with electricity guaranteed to come from 100% renewable energy sources.

The partnership also reflects the Group’s policy with regard to sport sponsorship, because its sustainable support for the FFVL (the French Federation of Free Flight) is based on a close and consistent relationship with its athletes.

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.

The ENGIE Kite Tour

As part of its commitment to the FFVL, ENGIE is the official sponsor of the ENGIE Kite Tour, the FFVL French Speed Crossing Cup. Within a few years, this competition, which was created in 2004, has 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.

Consisting of four stages, the ENGIE Kite Tour 2017 will attract over 60 competitors to some of France’s finest beaches for kitesurfing:

  • Leucate, June 9, 10 and 11, 2017
  • Wimereux June 30, July 1 and 2, 2017
  • Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, September 29 and 30, October 1, 2017
  • Perros-Guirec, October 20, 21 and 22, 2017