London 12 May 2012: Kitesurfer Alex Caizergues unveils the film that shows him breaking the world record for fastest open water crossing, and calls on the sports community to invest in ocean conservation.
Speaking at the unveiling of the film that showcases theSt Bart’s to St Martin’s world record crossing of 44 minutes; the Blue Marine Foundation ambassador called on the entire kitesurfing community to support the new charity that he dedicated this new world record to.
The Blue Marine Foundation is a UK-based charity dedicated to the preservation and welfare protection of the oceans. It was set up in 2010 and received acclaim for its involvement in the protection of the Chagos Islands which are home to more than 220 types of coral, 1,000 species of fish and at least 33 different seabirds and have been described as the most pristine tropical marine environment on Earth. The foundation’s core mission is to solve the current crisis in the world’s oceans and preserve marine ecology.
Alex commented on the achievement “Breaking the world record was important for me on a number of levels; personally I wanted to reach this goal but on a deeper level I wanted to do something that could bring a heightened level of awareness to the issues that the Blue Marine Foundation stands to represent. The oceans are kitsesurfing’s playground and we should lead by example in working to protect them.”
The new three minute film captures the French kitesurfer sailing from St Barth to St Martin in 44 minutes on his 14-metre Bandit 5 and F-One board. Battling conditions of 15-to-17 knots of wind and a two-meter of swell, Alex smashed the previous record that stood at 57 minutes and has pledged to go even faster to break it next year.
Co- Founder of the Blue Marine Foundation, Chris Gorell Barnes said:“Alex’s achievement is immense and we are delighted that he wants to dedicate it to raise awareness for the protection of the oceans. We know that kitesurfers are well informed and already caring stewards of the oceans but we want to help them engage further in this vital issue. We want them to tell their fans, sponsors, friends, suppliers, everyone about the issues that the oceans are facing and help to make a lasting and positive impact.”
Watch the video of his crossing HERE