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Barack and Michelle Obama have been catching up on R & R at the Virgin Islands home of billionaire Richard Branson (it's fitting that Branson has a home there, given that he founded the Virgin Group). It's a well-deserved vacation, and Barack has apparently been using part of it to learn how to kitesurf. You can almost watch his hair un-graying.

Branson told WSBTV that he and the former president got into a friendly competition (complete with friendly strangling, according to the picture above) to see who could learn a new sport more quickly—Obama and kitesurfing versus Branson and foilboard surfing.

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Branson said,

So it was tremendous to offer him the chance to learn to kitesurf. The sport has really taken off in the past decade and we have the perfect conditions and team to help anyone learn. I have also wanted to learn foilboard surfing. So we decided to set up a friendly challenge: could Barack learn to kitesurf before I learned to foilboard? We agreed to have a final day battle to see who could stay up the longest.

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So who won? Obama, of course. Because yes, he can.