The 2021 ENGIE Kite Tour
For the thirteenth 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 all kiteboarding fans – men and women of all ages and backgrounds, members of the French team or amateurs, to meet up on the same start line, whatever board they use (foil, twintip or directional) and whatever their level.
The tour, organised since 2019 by the French Sailing Federation (FFVoile) and ENGIE, is a key competition promoting kiteboarding as a sport for everyone in France.
In 2020, four of the five ENGIE Kite Tour stages were held despite the pandemic situation. The close cooperation between the FFVoile and ENGIE resulted in a higher number of participants in at least one stage (196, an increase of 58%) and a greater number of participants overall (330, an increase of 74%). What a great success!
Every stage of the ENGIE Kite Tour, held at different beaches around France’s coastline, is the scene of a great sporting show.
In 2021, the tour was supposed to have five stages, but once again, due to the health situation, some modifications had to be made. There are therefore four stages on the programme between June and November, on the French coasts :
- La Manche – La Hague (canceled)
- Lorient-Gâvres (18-20 June)
- La Grande Motte (24-26 September)
- Marseille (8-10 October)
- Arcachon (22-24 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. The four top kitesurfers in France - and perhaps the World - Axel Mazella (recently arrived in Team ENGIE and two-time Formula Kite European Champion in 2019-2020), Nicolas Parlier, (three-time Formula Kite World Champion), Théo de Ramecourt (fourth in the Formula Kite World Championship 2019) and Maxime Nocher (2019 French Foil Kiteboard Champion) will join this prestigious line-up.Naturally, the speed record holder, four-time world speed champion and Group Ambassador for more than 10 years Alex Caizergues will be there for every stage.
You can keep up-to-date with all the news of the competition on the official ENGIE Kite Tour website.
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.
In 2021, the Group will once again partner with the French Championships in Leucate between 21 and 27 August. The senior competition will take place from saturday 21st to Monday 23rd, followed by the youth competition from Monday 23rd to Friday 27st. Good luck to all!
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.