He broke the solo round-the-world record in 2017. François Gabart, winner of some of the most iconic races on the globe, is a key figure in the world of sailing. Today, at the head of his own company and ocean racing team, MerConcept, the skipper aims to make his sport evolve by pushing the limits of innovation and performance. He has thus developed a Sailing Valley, based in Concarneau, dedicated to research to meet the technological and environmental challenges that could revolutionize the maritime sector.
It is this desire to become an actor of change and this willingness to take on new challenges that have, among other things, brought together the brand and the French sailor. Each in their own way, IZIPIZI and François Gabart are working on the technicality and durability of products, while remaining attentive to environmental issues. These are important issues for the happy IZIPIZI family, which has been developing bio-sourced frames (made from 45% castor oil) for several models in its sports range since 2019.
IZIPIZI is happy to equip François Gabart as well as all the members of MerConcept and to accompany them in their next challenges at sea, starting with the Route du Rhum next November.
"I'm very happy to join the IZIPIZI Pro Team alongside athletes like Kevin Rolland and Pauline Ado, who practice sports that I find exciting! I'm looking forward to working with the IZIPIZI teams and thinking together about models dedicated to sailing, combining style and durability for well-protected sailing!" says François Gabart.
"It is a great honor to welcome François Gabart to the IZIPIZI family. We are very proud that he has chosen our glasses to accompany him in his fantastic adventures! In line with the other champions of our "team", we could not dream of a better ambassador for sailing than François. He is a personality that inspires us through all his victories but also his philosophy of life, his environmental and social commitment, as well as his continuous thirst for innovation that he has infused into his amazing MerConcept team! We are sure that we will achieve great things together!" says Quentin Couturier, one of the three founders of IZIPIZI.
With this new partnership, IZIPIZI confirms its presence in the world of sports with a team of high-performance athletes and a complete product offering. Launched in 2017, the sport range is composed of the iconic SUN NAUTIC, SUN GLACIER, SUN SNOW models, and two new products, released in June 2021: SPEED and ZENITH. These last two models are dedicated to outdoor sports such as mountain biking, sailing, climbing, skateboarding or paragliding.