Free lunchtime talk: SA Surfing during Apartheid

You are invited to a free public talk entitled:

‘Certain Political Considerations’: South African Competitive Surfing during the International Sports Boycott against Apartheid by Glen Thompson

Glen Thompson

Bored during your lunch hour? Join us for some lunchtime stimulation!

This is the first of what we hope will become a regular series of free public lunchtime talks. We’re calling it the Lunchtime Soapbox and over the next few months we will be featuring presentations on a wide range of interesting topics.

On Thursday 10 June academic surfer Glen Thompson will be talking to us about the history of competitive surfing in South Africa during Apartheid.

Glen holds an MA in history from UKZN and is currently a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Stellenbosch University working on a gendered history of South African surf culture. He has worked in academia, government and the commercial sector. Glen has published in peer-reviewed publications on various social and cultural history topics: political discourses in charismatic Christianity in Durban during late apartheid and the making of masculinities in South African surf culture during the 1960s and 1970s.

Outside of his formal work, part of his research methodology is to surf and stand-up paddle surf. He has tried his skills at competitive surfing and was placed 4th in the grandmasters age division at the 2010 South African Longboarding Championships.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 10 June

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R3.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street)

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