- 07 February 2017 | Kiteboarding
The former US President, Barack Obama traveled to the British Virgin Islands and had his first kiteboarding lessons alongside Virgin CEO, Richard Branson.
Less than a month after leaving the White House, Obama went on vacation to Branson's private Necker Island. But when Barack arrived, the exotic businessman had already planned an agenda for the 44th President of the United States.
"I have always 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," Richard Branson revealed.
Apparently, Obama spent two consecutive days learning the basics of kite flying, before hitting the water with all the equipment and surrounded by security.
In a nearby spot, Branson also got his kite foiling course. But he rapidly understood that he had to start from scratch.
"You come shooting out of the water, crashing down at high speed, and very much need a helmet and body armor for safety. But I slowly got the hang of it," explains the Virgin boss.
Barack Obama is no stranger to surfing and wave riding. The former "leader of the free world" was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has always been an avid bodysurfing enthusiast.
The video posted by Richard Branson shows many wipeouts, but also a few successful kite riding moments by both athletes. And the winner is...