After leaving White House, former US president Obama is trying some new things which he missed deuring his presidential tenure because of safety reasons. Obama, who was succeeded by Donald Trump last month, learnt kiteboard, when he was on a vacation last weak on a Caribbean island, which is owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson.
As per video and photographs, that were uploaded in the website of Branson’s Virgin Group the former president figured out the popular sport in which people ride a board while being pulled behind a kite.
“Being the former president of America, there was lots of security around, but Barack was able to really relax and get into it,” Branson wrote. Last week, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, were spotted in the Islands. Some locals and tourists also posted photos of them on social media.
Kiteboarding was chosen as a sport for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by replacing windsurfing. However, the decision was criticised during the time because the sport can be dangerous, and it was reversed within months. According to Branson, the former president studied during the pastime for two days and flew a kite from the beach, “as if going back to being a child again. ”
Branson was also trying to learn a similar sport, foilboarding, which uses a board that rises a few feet above water. He further wrote that he challenged the ex-president over which of them would succeed first.
Obama triumphed, he said, by kiteboarding for 100 meters (328 feet). “After all he has done for the world, I couldn’t begrudge him his well-deserved win,” Branson wrote.
(With inputs from Reuters)