ENGIE has been the official sponsor of the FFVL (French Federation of Free Flight) for ten years. This commitment is intended to promote kitesurfing and to support the development of the sport in France. The highlight of this partnership is the ENGIE Kite Tour, the FFVL French Speed Crossing Cup, an event with three stages for which the Group has been the name sponsor since 2010. Starting this year, following the Speed Crossing, we are extending our support for the sport to Boarder Cross, a new kitesurfing discipline, with the French Boarder Cross Cup by ENGIE, a competition that also consists of three stages.
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.
The use of the wind to provide motive power and the values of kitesurfing are compatible are in tune with ENGIE’s desire to develop 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 three stages, the ENGIE Kite Tour 2018 will attract over 60 competitors to some of France’s finest beaches for kitesurfing:
- La Baule, April 27, 28 and 29, 2018
- Wimereux, June 8, 9 and 10, 2018
- Marseille, September 28, 29 and 30, 2018
The 2018 edition, which took place partly on the future water surface of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Prado Beach in Marseille, saw stars such as Alex Caizergues, the ENGIE ambassador and speed record holder in Kitesurfing, Axel Mazella, two-time World Junior Champion and Formula Kite 2017 World Vice Champion, Alexia Fancelli (3rd at the 2018 World Championships in Aarhus), Alexis Mounard who all play on the international circuit.
French Boarder Cross Cup by ENGIE
Alongside the ENGIE Kite Tour, as part of its sponsorship agreement with the FFVL, ENGIE is also supporting another original form of kitesurfing: boarder cross. The new elite-level competition will be called the French Boarder Cross Cup by ENGIE.
This year’s competition will consist of three stages:
- Lac d’Hourtins, May 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2018
- Port Saint-Louis du Rhône, September 7, 8 and 9,2018
- Almanarre/Hyères, October 12, 13 and 14, 2018
A new 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, the 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 kitesurfing world speed record.
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.
Four times world champion, Caizergues has marked the history of his sport a little more. Back in 2010, the French kitesurfer was the first man to sail at a speed of over 100 km/h.
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