What do you know about surfing in west Africa’s Cape Town? We’ll admit that we don’t know much, but going by what we see in Woza, there’s no denying that it’s now up there in our surf-orientated traveling list. The short film is brought to us by Cape Town-based surf brand Mama Wata, which is west African pidgin English for “Mama Water,” or “Mother Ocean” if you’re being formal about it all. The brand itself was co-founded by Nick and Tilly Dutton, both of which do an amazing job at representing their local scene for being a global brand.


Directed by Argentinians Pato Martinez and Francisco Canton of the Directors collective Pantera Estudio, the five-minute film follows the narrative of a local surfer who has been flooded with love by Mami Wata, who the Dutton’s describe as “from Madagascar to Morocco, Liberia to Mozambique, Mami Wata is the legend of the African water spirit that appears in the shape of a mermaid,” adding “it is said that those who she takes for her lovers, return with a new spirit and become more successful and good looking.” Enjoy the Woza in the jump above, then make sure you go and check out more of what Mami Wata is about.