The ENGIE Kite Tour 2020
For the twelfth year in succession, ENGIE is the Title Sponsor of the main Speed Crossing circuit in France, known as the ENGIE Kite Tour. Created in 2004 by FFVL (French Kitesurfing Federation), this event has in just a few years become the major event for the best French kitesurfers and represents the biggest competition to promote kitesurfing and its practice by the greatest number of people in France. Since 2019, the circuit has been jointly organized by FFVOILE (French Sailing Federation) and ENGIE.
The circuit has expanded this year with an additional stage, bringing the total to 5. Each stage of the ENGIE Kite Tour 2020 will be the scene for a sports spectacular, moving from beach to beach on the French coast:
- Arcachon (March 13 to 15)
- Wimereux (June 12 to 14)
- Lorient-Gâvres (June 26 to 28)
- La Grande Motte (September 25 to 27)
- Hyères (from 9 to 11 October)
Large crowds of avid spectators will come into contact with the top French athletes in the sport, including Alexia Fancelli, who finished 3rd at the 2018 world championships in Aarhus, Poema Newland, silver medalist at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, and Anais Mai Des Jardins. Four of the world’s best kitesurfers will also be taking part: Axel Mazella, World Gold Cup champion and European Formula Kite champion 2019, Nicolas Parlier, two-time Formula Kite world champion, Théo de Ramecourt and Maxime Nocher, current French champion… as well as, obviously, speed record holder Alex Caizergues.
You can keep up-to-date with all the news of the competition on the official ENGIE Kite Tour website.
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.
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 was also sponsor of the French Kitefoil, Windfoil and Kitefreestyle championships, which were held from August 26 to 30, 2019 at Port-Leucate, in south-western France. The titles of Men’s and Women’s French champions are decided annually at this event.
The Group will once again be sponsor of the French championships in 2020. They will be held once again at Port-Leucate, from August 24 to 27, 2020.