WATCH: Branson takes Obama's kitesurfing virginity

Surf's up for the former President

WATCH: Branson takes Obama's kitesurfing virginity

Image: Jack Brockway

Barack Obama is certainly enjoying retirement.

Following President Trump's inauguration, the former president of the United States headed to Palm Springs with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia in tow. 

However, he and Michelle opted to leave the girls at home for a recent trip to the Virgin Islands on the invitation of British billionaire Richard Branson.

"It was a huge honour to be able to invite President Barack and Michelle Obama down to the British Virgin Islands for a complete break after Barack finished his second term as President and the family left the White House," Branson wrote on virgin.com.

"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 water-sports or do many of the things he loved. So it was tremendous to offer him the chance to learn to kitesurf."

Despite his inexperience, Obama appears to come out as the victor.

"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 metres, three feet above the water,” Branson wrote. “I was feeling very pleased with myself, only to look over and see Barack go 100 metres on his kiteboard!"

He added: "I had to doff my cap to him and celebrate his victory."

Freedom of Dublin

The footage comes following the mixed response to the news that the Obamas will be receiving the Freedom of Dublin.

The decision to award the Obamas was made at a DCC meeting last night following a vote - but several councillors attached to People Before Profit and the Workers' Party left the meeting in protest.