Agatha Christie ‘one of Britain’s first stand-up surfers’
This remarkable picture reveals how crime writer Agatha Christie was one of the first people in Britain to try stand-up surfing.
11:31AM BST 29 Jul 2011
The author was an avid bodyboarder after taking up the hobby during a holiday in South Africa with husband Archie in 1922.
But it was during a trip to Hawaii that she picked up the art of surfing while standing up, which experts say was one of the first examples ever recorded by a Briton.
Researcher Peter Robinson, from the Museum of British Surfing, said the discovery about the author’s pastime had come as a “complete surprise”.
He said: ”My research shows in the early 1920s very few British people were surfing and the only one we know about earlier than her, standing up, was Prince Edward.
”It certainly shows a new aspect to her life, she clearly had a passion for the sea and was one of the first wave of new surfers.
”She was such a prolific writer that people tend to associate the image of an older lady writing books like Poirot with the name Agatha Christie.
”But when she was younger she was actually a very accomplished surfer, and one of the first I know of from the UK.”
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