Check Out What Barack Obama Has Been Up to Since Leaving Office

Casey Mills
February 10, 2017

Barack Obama goes kitesurfing on a private island, and there's video to prove it.

Former President Barack Obama unwound from eight years in the White House with some extreme sports on his Caribbean vacation with billionaire friend Richard Branson.

According to Virgin, the Obamas were invited to spend time in paradise by billionaire Richard Branson, who knew Hawaii native Obama was sorely missing one of his favorite past times: surfing. "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 unsafe break in Hawaii", Richard wrote. For the next eight years he didn't have the chance to surf, enjoy watersports or do numerous things he loved.

Photographs and video on the website of Branson's Virgin Group show the former president, a life-long surfer, figuring out the increasingly popular sport in which people ride a board while being pulled behind a kite.

"So it was tremendous to offer him the chance to learn to kitesurf", Sir Richard said.

Two days were dedicated to teaching Obama how to kitesurf from the beach, "as if going back to being a child again" according to his host. "The sport has really taken off in the past decade and we have the ideal conditions and team to help anyone learn".

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Being the former president of America, there was lots of security around, but Barack was able to really relax and get into it.

Obama and British businessman Richard Branson sit on a boat during Obama's holiday on Branson's Moskito island, in the British Virgin Islands.

After handing over the Presidential reins to Donald Trump, Obama, 55, and his family flew to Palm Springs for a long weekend before heading to the British Virgin Islands. He wrote that he challenged the ex-president over which of them would succeed first.

While Obama was enjoying the wind and the waves, his vice president, Joe Biden, announced details of his post-vice-presidency work.

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