Teenage twins Alfie and Archie Luxton from Exmouth are officially in the world’s top five in kitesurfing.
The acrobatic duo, who attend Exmouth Community College, have taken to the world stage at recent freestyle kiteboarding events held in France and Spain, achieving fantastic results to crack the top five.
Alfie and Archie only started the sport three years ago and finished in the top two at the British Freestyle Championships in 2021.
This love of the sea is definitely in the family, with mum Ruthy, a swimming teacher and dad Terry, a former windsurfing champion.
“They have just returned from France with their dad Terry, who is their caddy, trainer and mentor. They participated in the 2nd leg of the Global Kitesurfing Association Youth World Tour,” said Ruthy.
“The first game was in Spain in early September, when Archie came 3rd and Alfie finished 5th.
“At the 2nd event in France in October, Archie came 2nd and Alfie was again 5th, meaning they both did very well, accumulating points from both competitions, Alfie finished 5th overall of the U16 kitesurfer and Archie is vice-world champion in the U16 freestyle kitesurfer category.
“We as parents couldn’t be prouder, they both work very hard in kitesurfing and at school. Both Alfie and Archie said the competition in their age category was very high and that they have made some amazing kitesurfing friends from all over the world, who we all hope to visit next year to train together.
“They were aquatic babies from a very young age and Exmouth is absolutely perfect for kitesurfing, we have the estuary and the sea to kitesurf in different tide and wind conditions.
“We are very grateful to their sponsors ‘Slingshot’ and ‘Edge Watersports’ for believing in them from the moment they started kitesurfing at the age of 11. It helped them get to where they are today.
“Our boys are still working very hard at school and we try to ensure that they still take their education seriously. Their school, Exmouth Community College, has been incredibly supportive of them. Alfie and Archie have been called into the principals office to receive an inspiration award.