Following Trump’s inauguration last month, the Obamas first flew to Palm Springs, California, where the president treated himself to a few days of golf and desert air.
Then they were off again for Branson’s own piece of the British Virgin Islands. The couple hung out with friends and lazed about the beach for more than a week – a much-deserved break after two terms, reports the Daily Mail.
Branson spoke about the ‘honor’ of being able to invite the former president and first lady to his island in a blog post on Tuesday.
‘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.
‘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 watersports or do many of the things he loved.
Branson said that the two came up with a challenge. Obama would learn how to kite-surf, while Branson – a seasoned kite-surfer – would learn how to kite-surf with a foil board. On the last day, the two faced off to see who could stay up the longest.
‘As you can see in the video, Barack and I both fell many times, but we kept trying again and again and made progress over the days. 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 meters, three feet above the water. I was feeling very pleased with myself, only to look over and see Barack go 100 meters on his kiteboard! I had to doff my cap to him and celebrate his victory.
‘After all he has done for the world, I couldn’t begrudge him his well-deserved win. Now he has left, I’m going back into the water to practice for the next challenge. On his next visit, we plan to do the long kite over to Anegada together. Next time, may the best (British) man win!’ Branson wrote.
The Obamas are now back in Washington, DC where they have chosen to stay while youngest daughter Sasha finishes high school.