Obama's Maui Surf Trip
Residents and visitors were excited to welcome President Barack Obama back to Hawaii last weekend. Taking a break from his normal round of afternoon golf and shave ice, Obama paddled out for an epic surf session at an undisclosed Maui surf spot.
Secret service officials, outfitted in custom black tie wetsuit vests, waterproof bluetooth headsets and official White House sunglasses, were by Obama's side to block other surfers from riding waves alongside him, giving him the freedom to rip like he'd never ripped before.
Showing a bit of aloha spirit, the President even let a group of Canadian visitors catch a single wave while he took a break for spam musubi.
Though when local Maui pros showed up, the President was not to be one-upped, performing complex aerials well above the lip.
Only one small scuffle occurred when the President dropped in on long time Maui homeowner, Steven Tyler, who was less than pleased to be interrupted in the middle of 'Jaded', his favorite song to sing while surfing.
These photos are real!
...but the face of the surfer isn't (sorry to burst your patriotic bubble.) The actual surfer in these shots is our good friend Jimmy Rotherham of El Salvador. Thank you for being a good sport, Jimmy, and thank you to these talented photographers:
Steve Fitzpatrick, Rudy Ortiz, Maurice Marcel Targa, Joaquin Aragon and Tony Roberts.
Photoshop and story by Hawaii Web Group.
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