Barack Obama spent eight long years grappling with a petty Congress and still managed to make history, so he is overdue for time off to just kick it. The former POTUS is doing so, epically—he recently was spotted kitesurfing with Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson.
It was a huge honour to be able to invite President Barack and Michelle Obama down to the British Virgin Islands for a complete break after Barack finished his second term as President and the family left the White House.
One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became President, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii. When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: “This will be the last time you surf for eight years.” For the next eight years he didn’t have the chance to surf, enjoy watersports or do many of the things he loved.
So it was tremendous to offer him the chance to learn to kitesurf. The sport has really taken off in the past decade and we have the perfect conditions and team to help anyone learn. I have also wanted to learn foilboard surfing. So we decided to set up a friendly challenge: could Barack learn to kitesurf before I learned to foilboard? We agreed to have a final day battle to see who could stay up the longest.
Peep Obama getting his kitesurf on below and on the flip. There’s video, too.
Oh yeah, Richard Branson is legitimately a billionaire, unlike Cheeto Jesus. Also, Obama won his friendly competition with Branson.
Photos: Jack Brockway/Virgin