November 11, 2013 Alexandre Caizergues beaten the World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing Record in the “Salt and Speed” Volkswagen Transporter Arena located in Salin-de-Giraud, France. He kitesurfed with the average speed of 56.62 knots and managed to shatter the previous record set by American Rob Douglas by 0.97 knots. The French rider once again makes history in the domain of sailing speed records.
“I’m delighted. It’s great, it’s remarkable!” says a thrilled Alex Caizergues. “We’ve validated the capacity of our speed spot and the “Salt and Speed” event. We’ve known for a while that this was a possibility and that we were capable of going very fast. Today, in a northerly wind of between 45 and 50 knots, I did at least 15 runs and each time I was doing over 50 knots. I made the most of a solid gust to accelerate and the result is immensely satisfying. Everything is set up in the salt marshes so that we can go even faster. The “Salt and Speed” team has done a fantastic job in tough conditions so thanks to everyone. Rob Douglas opted to skip this particular attempt at the start but right now, the next gale can’t come soon enough”.