Billionaire Richard Branson invited Barack Obama to try kitesurfing. (Jack Brockway/Virgin.com)Obama trained for two straight days, “picking up the basics and flying a kite as if going back to being a child again,” Branson said.
the foilboard and screamed along for over 50 metres, three feet above the water,” he said. “I was feeling very pleased with myself, only to look over and see Barack go 100 metres on his kiteboard! I had to doff my cap to him and celebrate his victory.”
WASHINGTON — #IslandLife was good to Barack Obama.
Before returning to Washington, the former president dove into an aquatic and athletic challenge with his friend, Virgin
founder and billionaire Richard Branson, while vacationing on the British Virgin Islands with former first lady Michelle Obama.
Now that Obama is free from many Secret Service-imposed restrictions that did not allow him to partake in activities like surfing, Branson offered Obama the chance to learn how to kitesurf.
But to make things more interesting, Branson took on a challenge of his own.
“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,” Branson wrote in a post on Virgin.com.
Kitesurfing is riding on a surfboard while holding onto a kite
and foilboarding is riding a surfboard with a hydrofoil that goes into the water lifts the board above the surface.