Happy Women's History Month! We would be remiss to not mention that the the first person to paddleboard was a woman!
In "Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport" written by Ben Marcus, an overview of the history of surfing mentions Lizzie Armistead as the first person to stand on a surfboard and use a paddle to move through the water.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Armistead was born in 1885 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up on the island of Maui. In the early 1900s, surfing was already a popular sport in Hawaii, but paddleboarding had not yet been invented. According to legend, Lizzie was the first person to stand on a surfboard and use a paddle to move through the water. This fact has also been covered in