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Agatha Christie all smiles in her swimsuit while standing in front of her surfboard named Fred

Surf's up for the renowned English crime writer that was Dame Agatha!

Agatha Christie and her surfing partner, Fred the Surf Board. Photo via Retronaut

The world remembers her as one of the best crime/detective fictionists of all time, but the photo above also tells us what Dame Agatha Christie should be known for: surfing! The photo above showing the legendary writer with her surfboard named Fred was taken on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii in August 1922.

Even more interesting is the trivia from the Museum of British Surfing: “She was travelling with her first husband, Archie, and mastered stand-up surfing, becoming one of the earliest Britons to do so.”

Dame Agatha’s fascination with surfing was said to have started when her husband helped organize a world tour for the promotion of the British Empire Exhibition scheduled for London in 1924. They arrived in South Africa in early February 1922 and learned about prone surfing on Muizenberg Beach.

Another photo of Dame Agatha with her surfboard. via The Cult of Genius on Tumblr

“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,” Dame Agatha wrote about her early surfing experience.

Want to know more about Agatha Christie’s surfing secrets? The Guardian and Pete Robinson of the Museum of British Surfing tell us more fascinating tidbits!

All information for this article were sourced from Retronaut and The Guardian.

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written by plasticpopsicle

1 comment

  1. segata


    If only the surfing carried over into her books, the thought of Hercule Poirot stood atop the crest of a wave would be awesome, nice article :)

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