London: Dame Agatha Christie, who is best known for her detective fiction featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, might be a handful of Britons along with her first husband Archie, who learned how to surf standing up.
According to a recent research by Pete Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing, Devon, revealed that Christie and Archie surfing safari began post World War I when the latter got the job of organising a world tour to promote the British Empire Exhibition in 1924.
In January 1922, the couple came to South Africa and was soon introduced to surfboard riding on Muizenberg beach.
Apparently, Christie made certain observations about the sport as, “The surf boards in South Africa were made of light, thin wood, easy to carry, and one soon got the knack of coming in on the waves. It was occasionally painful as you took a nosedive down into the sand, but on the whole it was an easy sport and great fun.”
After continuing their tour through Australia, New Zealand and Honolulu, it was at Waikiki when couple learned how to surf standing up.
Agatha, who stayed in Hawaii until October in 1922, 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 Robinson, Agatha’s entries reveal her passion for the sea.
“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,” he added.