Since 2018, the Group has worked alongside the French Sailing Federation to organise the ENGIE Kite Tour, the main Speed Crossing circuit in France. Created by the French Free Flight Federation in 2004, this circuit has become THE event for French kiteboarding amateurs and professionals and is a key competition promoting kiteboarding as a sport for everyone, all along France’s coastline.
Despite the health crisis, the 2020 ENGIE Kite Tour was a great success with over 320 participants (vs 230 in 2019) across the four stages. These fun and friendly, mixed-sex events unite kiteboarding fans of all levels, ages and backgrounds on the same start line.
In 2021, for the thirteenth year running, the Group will be the official sponsor of the race circuit, which will comprise five stages for the first time ever:
- Arcachon: 19-21 March 2021
- La Manche: 4-6 June 2021
- Lorient - Gâvres: 18-20 June 2021
- La Grande Motte: 24-26 September 2021
- Marseille: 8-10 October 2021
Finally, ENGIE will also be partnering the French Foil Championships (Open and youth) for 4th consecutive year. It will take place in Narbonne at the end of August.
Kitesurf is undeniably booming and mixed relay will be present for the first time at the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.