Barack Obama vs Richard Branson in epic Kitesurfing battle
Los Angeles : Before returning to Washington and taking up his other duties, former US President Barack Obama is having some fun in the British Virgin Islands.
And those accompanying him includes Michelle Obama and Virgin group founder and billionaire Richard Branson. The former president dove into an aquatic and athletic challenge with his friend Richard Branson and also enjoyed kitesurfing.
Notably, Obama is now free from any Secret Service-imposed restrictions that stops the President from taking part in any sort of partake activities like surfing.
According to reports, Branson kept a challenge with Obama and gave him the chance to learn how to kitesurf. In a post on Virgin.com, Branson wrote, "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. We were neck and neck until the last run on the last day, when I got up on the foilboard and screamed along for over 50 metres, three feet above the water. 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."
Please note that Kitesurfing is actually 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.
It is nonetheless to note that the challenge was finally won by Obama who kitesurfed his way to victory.