Obamas hang out with billionaire Branson


February 08, 2017
In this recent but undated photo made available by Virgin.com, former US President Barack Obama, jokes with Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, during his stay on Moskito Island, British Virgin Islands. (Jack Brockway/Virgin.com via AP)

NECKER ISLAND, British Virgin Islands (AP):

Former President Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle have spent some time vacationing with Richard Branson since leaving the White House.

The Virgin Group founder put up a blog post with pictures and video of the ex-president kitesurfing off one of Branson's private islands in the British Virgin Islands.

Branson writes that Obama, who's a native of Hawaii, told him he was prevented from surfing by his security detail during his time in office.

Branson says after spending a couple of days learning to kitesurf, Obama bested the billionaire in a watersport challenge.

He says inviting the Obamas to his island was "a huge honour."

Obama spent his first days after leaving Washington vacationing in Palm Springs, California.