Doest Barak Obama Surf?
Doest Barak Obama Surf?

Artist rendition of President Obama carving a turn.It’s no secret that President Barack Obama is a skilled body surfer. Hailing from one of the birthplaces of surfing, Obama’s Hawaiian roots show whenever he’s out body surfing in rather hazardous locations like Sandy Beach, which features a heavy shore pound. Obama has both the form and the feel of the wave down pat.

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Obama and Nick Shapiro

However, these photos of White House staff members Ben Finkenbinder and Nick Shapiro carrying surfboards upon their return from Hawaii definitely raises questions. Was it their boards? Did President Obama sneek off for a surf session during the Holidaze?

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The boards don’t look brand new. They have the appearance of the wax being cleaned off. The leashes seem to be intact, and traction pads have been stuck on the tails. One of the boards looks like it was shaped by Rusty Preisendorfer, with the other a Tokoro board that Jordy Smith likes to ride. Makes you wonder if President Obama has surfing skills, and whether he took one of these sticks out for a paddle. He certainly knows how to drop the shaka, one of the many cool things about our great nation’s President.

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In 2001, I discovered kiteboarding in Hawaii during windsurfing and immediately made my first transition. British titles followed and then PKRA, where, in my first competition, I secured a second place in freestyle and then in the waves. In 2008, I won all the stages of the KPWT Wave Masters world tour and became the world champion in kitesurfing, which I saved in 2009. In addition to the competitive side of sports. I also took part in long-distance kiteboarding trips to raise money for charity - I took a kiteboard from Ireland to Wales, and in 2006 from the Canary Islands to Morocco, a nine-hour non-stop transition of 140 miles. Now I compete less and spend most of my time combining kiteboarding with my other passion, yoga, through my Experience courses in Mauritius, Morocco and at home in Lanzarote.


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