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Free of the Presidency, Barack Obama Has a Blast With Richard Branson

After eight years in office, the 44th president enjoys some kitesurfing on the British Virgin Islands.

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At least former President Barack Obama is having a good time.

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Barack Obama

The 44th president and his wife spent time in the British Virgin Islands with billionaire Virgin Founder Richard Branson. Branson and Obama were seen goofing off, enjoying the water and kitesurfing.

At the beginning of his presidency, after a close call surfing, Obama’s security team reportedly told him: “This will be the last time you surf in eight years.” Well, it was Obama's time to get back on the board.

To make things even more fun, Branson and Obama started a competition to see if the Hawaiian-born Obama could learn to kitesurf before Branson learned to use a foil board, which glides over the water.

“We were neck and neck until the last run on the last day, when I got up on the foil board and screamed along for over 50 metres, three feet above the water," Branson wrote in a blog post. "I was feeling very pleased with myself, only to look over and see Barack go 100 metres on his kiteboard!”

Rose Leadem

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Rose Leadem is a freelance writer for Entrepreneur.com.