Barack Obama's kitesurfing adventure with Richard Branson

Branson offered Obama a challenge to learn how to kite surf while he took up a challenge of his own, just to keep things interesting.
By James Carlin | Feb 08, 2017
Free from the many security restrictions imposed by the Secret Service when he was President, Former US President Barrack Obama took an aquatic and athletic challenge with his friend, Virgin Group founder, and billionaire Richard Branson.

Obama and Michelle are vacationing on the British Virgin Islands. Branson offered Obama a challenge to learn how to kite surf while he took up a challenge of his own, just to keep things interesting.

"We decided to set up a friendly challenge: Could Barack learn to kite surf before I learned to foil board? We agreed to have a final day battle to see who could stay up the longest," Branson wrote on the website Virgin.com.

Kite surfing involves riding on a surfboard while holding onto a kite and foil boarding is riding a surfboard with a hydrofoil that goes into the water and lifts the board above the surface. Obama then went ahead to kite surf his way to victory in the challenge.

Branson observed that they were neck and neck, but when he got to around 50 meters, he thought he was ahead and felt very pleased with himself. When he looked over, he saw Obama go over 100 meters on his kite board and knew he had lost. Branson said the former President was a fast learner as it was after only a few days of training.

The vacation is happening at a time Washington is grappling with new President Donald Trump, who is proving to be quite a handful.

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