The first madame of mystery (countess of clues?) was likely also the first British woman to stand up on a board.
She took up the sport in 1922 on a trip to South Africa, then perfected her technique in Hawaii the same year.
“Surfing is like that," she wrote. "You are either vigorously cursing or else you are idiotically pleased with yourself."
Christie was close to being the first surfing Briton of any gender, but that honor goes to King Edward, who caught a few sets during a trip to Waikiki in 1920.
Back then he was just a grommet who went by Prince of Waves ... er, Wales.