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Obama jumps back into the water scene

February 10th, 2017

Former President Barack Obama, who spent his youth in Hawaii and enjoys body-surfing, had to give that up for safety reasons once he became president.

Now that he’s out of the White House, Obama has jumped back into the water scene.

While he and Michelle Obama vacationed with billionaire Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands, the former president took up kitesurfing.

Branson talked about it on his Virgin blog and photographer Jack Brockway caught the former president in action.

“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,” wrote Branson. “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 water sports or do many of the things he loved.”

Branson said while he learned how to foilboard surf, Obama learned to kitesurf. Branson’s blog showcases a contest between the two men to see who could stay up the longest.

It took a few days for Obama to learn the basics, Branson says. Obama still had security nearby–as a former president, he always will. In spite of that, writes Branson, “Barack was able to really relax and get into it.”

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