Agatha Christie was among the first Britons to surf standing up

The best-selling author -who’s only been beaten by Shakespeare and the Bible-, creator of iconic characters such as Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, was also a surfer.

Not only that: research shows that Christie and her husband might have been among the first Britons to learn how to surf standing up.

She wrote in her autobiography:

I learned to become expert – or at any rate expert from the European point of view – the moment of complete triumph on the day that I kept my balance and came right into shore standing upright on my board!

According to researcher Pete Robinson, very few people were surfing in the early 1920s in the UK, and the only one who had been surfing standing up before Agatha was Prince Edward.

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