Barack Obama's Kite-Surfing Video Is Meme-Worthy


After the Obamas checked out of the White House and into a luxurious hotel in the British Virgin Islands, you'd think Barack would spend his entire vacation relaxing, right?

Well... if your idea of "relaxing" is competing in a kite-surfing contest with billionaire Richard Branson -- then, yes! He did relax.

On the last day of his vacation in the Caribbean islands, the duo battled in the ocean to see who could stay on their kite-board the longest, and the footage is priceless.

During the video, Obama and Branson can be seen gearing up for the waves. After Branson gives the thumbs up, they hit the water and the contest begins.


The first few clips show the former POTUS and the founder of Virgin Group wiping out in the water before getting the hang of the sport.

Not before long, Branson proves his kite-surfing skills and stays atop his board for an impressive 50 meters.

Obama was confident he could do better than that, though.

In fact, Barack showed Branson what he was made of and stayed on his board for an impressive 100 meters.

Of course, this made him the winner of the competition -- and mostly likely the subject of a ton of upcoming memes.

I mean, what's better than badass Barack riding the waves in the Caribbean?


OK, OK...  in reality, Branson gave Barack a break because he was the one who taught the former pres' how to kite-surf in the first place.

Branson's a pro at the sport and said he felt honored to teach Barack how to ride the waves during their trip to his islands.

According to, Branson learned how to kite-surf with a foil board in preparation for the contest while Barack competed with a normal one.

Branson said,

He continued,

Branson said he's going to practice in preparation for the Obamas' next trip to the Virgin Islands because the duo plans on doing a long kite over Anegada.

In the meantime, Barack and his wife are back in Washington DC with the family. I'm sure he's celebrating his well-deserved kite-surfing victory and gearing up for the next.

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