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The Harper Sliders Surf Club in Liberia needs a club house for their #surftherapy and skills training program, let's build it for them!
358 backers pledged £24,782 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals

 Let's not sit back and give each other high fives and slaps on the back, just yet. We know we can do more. Two words: Stretch. Goals.

Every £30 over our funding goal, means we can buy a new rash vest or t-shirt for the Harper Sliders.  

If we go £300 over we can get a new soft top surfboard for the club. 

£5000 over and we can get a whole quiver of surfboards for the Sliders. 

£10 000 over and we can deck out the club with a computer lab. 

£20 000 over and we can build another Surf Club House for the new Waves for Change project in East London, South Africa.

So don't stop! The more pledges we get, the more good we can do through the power of African surf.

Now's the time to tell your friends or increase your pledges and load up on more Sliders goodies (there are a few new combo options). Remember, we are only making the 'Harper Sliders' range ONCE. 

What is the project?

Mami Wata is a premium African surf lifestyle brand that is connecting the world to the power of African surf. The Waves for Change 'Harper Sliders' surf club in Harper, Liberia, needs a club house for their #SurfTherapy program and we want you to help us build it. 

To reward you we’ve created a limited edition ‘Harper Sliders’ collection of clothing, accessories and equipment only available by supporting this Kickstarter.  Buy these exclusive products and you become a member of the Harper Sliders and part of the power of African surf! 

Welcome to Harper, Liberia
Welcome to Harper, Liberia

 Why We're Doing It?  

Harper Sliders is a surf club run by Waves for Change, a world-leading surf therapy organisation, working in communities affected by violence, poverty and conflict, where mental health services are often stigmatized and under-resourced.

Harper is an isolated town in the South of Liberia. Until recently, the community had never seen surfers or been exposed to surf culture. Since the introduction of surfing and #SurfTherapy in 2017, surfing is now booming in Harper. The beach has become a community-owned safe space and more children and adults are getting involved every day. 

One by one, these kids are improving their lives through the power of African surf. 

But they need a club house!

The Harper Sliders Surf Club House will create a focal point for this growing surf community; a safe, shared space around which they can bond, learn new skills and store their equipment.

At Mami Wata, we work closely with organisations like Waves for Change to fulfil our promise of being a force for good in Africa through design and creativity. 

 
What's Special About It? 

Beyond improving the lives of these children and being part of a massive wave of positivity in Liberia, we've created an exclusive range of Harper Sliders Mami Wata surf wear, all made in Africa and only available through this Kickstarter. So you can do good, feel good and look good too. 

"Surfing is a brand new sport in Harper.” Explains Waves for Change founder Tim Conibear. “Before we started, there really was nothing. The beach has become a hub for the community ever since with 50 to 60 people gathering under the almond tree daily. The club house is going to create a safe space to gather, store equipment, run sessions and galvanize what’s fast becoming Liberia’s biggest surfing community!” 

About the Harper Sliders Club House

The Club House is made up of two big rooms. An office and computer room (for skills training and online literacy projects)on the right, and a smaller store room for surfboards and other equipment on the left. In the middle is a bathroom and open air basement, with a shaded deck above for checking the surf. 

The Harper Sliders Club House will become the home of #SurfTherapy in Liberia.

How We're Gonna Do It?

Waves for Change already has a team on the ground in Harper. We've done all the costings and agreed on the budget with the local builders. The community is standing by, ready to chip in and make this dream a reality. 

Here at Mami Wata, we've designed and manufactured all the samples for our unique and exclusive Harper Sliders range, which is only available by supporting this Kickstarter, while stocks last. We've also pulled together partnerships with the best in the business to create Harper Sliders skateboards, surfboards and an original, once-off art surfboard bag with luxury brand Missibaba! 

Now all we need is your support, so we can break ground in Liberia!

About Mami Wata 

Mami Wata is a premium surf brand committed to connecting the world to the power of African surf. We work closely with organisations like Waves for Change to fulfil our promise of being a force for good in Africa through design and creativity.  

Mami Wata Lookbook Summer 18/19
Mami Wata Lookbook Summer 18/19

About Waves for Change

Waves for Change provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of regular Surf Therapy sessions, Waves for Change gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices.

#SurfTherapy
#SurfTherapy

Why should I support you? (Rewards…)

To celebrate and drive this campaign, we’ve created a range of exclusive Mami Wata x Harper Sliders gear that you can only get by backing the Kickstarter. None of this gear is available through any other channel, but helping us to build the Harper Sliders Surf Club House, in Liberia with Waves for Change. 

Pledge £5, become a member of the Harper Sliders Surf Club and get your limited edition, numbered membership card and hand-written thank you!

Pledge £28 For an exclusive Harper Sliders Trucker Cap. Made with power in Africa.  

Pledge £28 Get the original, once-off Harper Sliders T-shirt in Blue or White. Designed and made with power in Africa, from African cotton, to Mami Wata’s exacting quality standards.

Pledge £58 And get the exclusive, once-off Harper Sliders Sweatshirt, made with power in Africa to Mami Wata’s exacting quality standards. 

Pledge £65 For the Blue Harper Sliders Track Top. The gold standard track top of the Harper Sliders. Worn with pride. Made with power in Africa to Mami Wata’s exacting standards.

Pledge £75  and get the Harper Sliders Track Top with the Liberian flag print. This is a once-off original. Only a few are being made, so get yours now. 

Pledge £250 and get one of our Alpha Longboards x Mami Wata performance downhill skateboards, made exclusively to raise funds for the Harper Sliders club house.



Pledge £600 and get a custom made Ferral x Mami Wata high performance surfboard, made by master shaper Anton Butler to your exact specifications, exclusively to raise funds for the Harper Sliders club house.

Pledge £650 and get a custom made Ferral x Mami Wata high performance retro mini-mal surfboard, made by master shaper Anton Butler to your exact specifications, exclusively to raise funds for the Harper Sliders club house. 

Pledge £2000 and get this once off handmade, leather Missibaba x Mami Wata luxury surfboard bag, collector's item and functional artwork. 

Pledge £5000 and you be one of the two lucky Kickstarters to join Waves for Change and Mami Wata for an unforgettable trip  to Harper, Liberia to surf and work with The Sliders. We'll handle accommodation on the beach in Monrovia, tickets on the charter plane to Harper (operated by the Catholic Mission), accommodation in Harper, all food and drink, surf lessons and sessions with the Harper Sliders and a full set of our exclusive Harper Sliders gear: cap, tee, sweater and track top. 

Harper Sliders Club House Timeline 

December: Laying Foundations

January - March: Building the outer structure

April: Roofing (in time for the wet season)

May - July: Interior & Decking

August: Club House completed and in use

From May until November is the rainy season in Liberia. So we needed to get building quickly, to have the roof up by May, which will allow us to do all the finishings during the rainy season and launch the Harper Sliders Club House in August 2019. 

In order to do this Waves for Change used cash from their strategic reserve fund to start the work, we're confident that we'll meet our Kickstarter goal and reimburse them. 

Harper Sliders Pledge Product Timeline

Our Kickstarter runs for 30 days and finishes at the end of April 2019. In May we send the Harper Sliders Membership Cards and thank yous. We also consolidate all the pledges and place orders with our manufacturers. 

By the end of June, our product arrives from our manufactures and undergoes quality control. 

In July we plan shipping and distribution and in August we ship the goods. Which means you should be getting your rewards by September 2019.  

The trip to Harper is scheduled for July / August 2019 

Why Kickstarter?

We’re a new African surf lifestyle brand with big ambitions. We need your support to connect the world with the power of African surf and to make a real difference in the lives of the kids of the Harper Sliders Surf Club in Africa! 

All the funds raised go towards building the club house in Harper Liberia and paying for the hard costs of the Mami Wata rewards.  

Manufacturing Roadmap & Ethics 

Mami Wata manufactures all our products in Africa, using suppliers who care about their workers and using the most ethical manufacturing practices and processes available. This is an ongoing journey that we have proudly undertaken as part of our manifesto to be a force for good in Africa through design and creativity. Come with us! 

Thank Yous

Big thanks must be extended to the team at Waves for Change in Cape Town and Liberia, Sal Masekela, Sidekick Creatives, Calvin Thompson Films, BCUC for the incredible music, The Seppis, Riccardo Simal and MADE Agency. 

Risks and challenges

Building a club house in Liberia could be considered a risk, but Waves for Change are an incredibly accomplished organisation who understand the political, economic and social factors in Liberia and more locally, in Harper. We are using an established and experienced local building team, and available materials and fittings. Waves for Change project managers are on the ground, overseeing the build.

Manufacturing high quality apparel in Africa could seem challenging, but here at Mami Wata, we have several years experience in this field and we work with some incredible suppliers and firms to create our goods to the highest quality and spec.

Beyond that we have all the roles, mechanisms and supply chains in place to not only produce world class apparel and surf equipment, but to distribute anywhere in the world.

Mami Wata currently runs a thriving online business delivering our product to a global audience. We also have two brick and mortar stores in Cape Town and are stocked in surf and lifestyle shops all around South Africa, the UK, Switzerland and Japan.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Harper Sliders Membership Card

    Mami Wata original, limited series membership card. Each one personalised and numbered as a collector's item to thank you for supporting the cause!

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Early Bird - Harper Sliders Cap

    Get £8 off Mami Wata's original Harper Sliders Surf Club baseball cap. Made with power in Africa using pure cotton and top quality finishes.

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    Early Bird - Harper Sliders Tee - Blue

    Get £8 off the Blue Mami Wata Harper Sliders T-shirt. Featuring front and back prints, made with power and good care in Africa.

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    Early Bird - Harper Sliders Tee - White

    Get £8 off the White Mami Wata Harper Sliders T-shirt. Featuring front and back prints, made with power and good care in Africa.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £28 or more About $36

    Harper Sliders Cap

    Mami Wata's original Harper Sliders Surf Club baseball cap. Made with power in Africa using pure cotton and top quality finishes.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Harper Sliders Tee - Blue

    Get the Mami Wata Harper Sliders T-shirt. Featuring front and back prints, made with power and good care in Africa.

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    Harper Sliders Tee - White

    Get the Mami Wata Harper Sliders T-shirt. Featuring front and back prints, made with power and good care in Africa.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    1 for 1 T-Shirt

    Get one Mami Wata T-shirt for yourself and sponsor a branded rashvest for one of the kids at the Harper Sliders Surf Club in Liberia.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    Blue & White T-shirt Combo

    Get 1 Blue and 1 White Harper Sliders T-Shirt and save on both.

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    Pledge £52 or more About $66

    Cap and Tee Combo

    Go full Harper Sliders! Get Mami Wata's Harper Sliders T-shirt and Cap on a good deal, and show your support for the cause. Rep the Sliders in your hood.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £58 or more About $74

    Harper Sliders Sweater

    Rock the Harper Sliders sweater, made with power, care and quality African cotton, right here in the Motherland.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £65 or more About $83

    Harper Sliders Track Top - Blue

    The Harper Sliders Track Top is one of the pinnacle items of the collection. Original Harper Sliders track top in blue. Small run. Will sell out. Top quality African Track Top.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Early Bird - Harper Sliders Track Top

    EARLY BIRD - Get £10 off the ultimate original Harper Sliders Track Top in the Liberia Flag print. Only 200 of these bad boys going into production. Get yours, support the cause! Small run. Will sell out. Top quality African Track Top in the Liberian flag print.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £75 or more About $95

    Harper Sliders Track Top - Liberian Flag

    The ultimate original Harper Sliders Track Top in the Liberia Flag print. Only 200 of these bad boys going into production. Get yours, support the cause! Small run. Will sell out. Top quality African Track Top in the Liberian flag print.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £90 or more About $114

    48 Hour Track Top and T-Shirt Combo

    For the next 48 hours you can get our two best selling items - the signature Harper Sliders Liberia Track Top AND the Harper Sliders T-shirt of your choice for a pledge of just £90.

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    Pledge £190 or more About $242

    The Whole Shebang!

    Get all of it!
    1 x Harper Sliders limited edition Cap
    2 x T-shirts (your choice in Blue, White or both)
    1 x Harper Sliders Sweatshirt
    1 x Harper Sliders Track Top (your choice in Blue or Liberian Flag detail)

    All for a pledge of just £190.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $318

    Mami Wata x Alpha Skateboard

    Handmade longboard skate collab between Alpha Longboards and Mami Wata, in the Harper Sliders colours to get the club house built. Only 20 of these boards are being made. Don't miss out. Get yours now.

    * Please note due to the size and shape, shipping will be quoted and paid for separately.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £600 or more About $763

    Mami Wata x Ferral Fish Surfboard

    Shaped by master shaper Anton Butler, the Mami Wata x Ferral Fish is the perfect board for whipping around the fast peeling lefts of Harper, and your homebreak.

    Only 20 of these boards are being made.

    * Please note due to the size and shape, shipping will be quoted and paid for separately.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £650 or more About $827

    Mami Wata x Ferral Mid-Length Surfboard

    Shaped by master shaper Anton Butler, the Mami Wata x Ferral Retro Mid-Length is a 7 foot single-fin surfboard, perfect for cruising down the long peeling lefts of Harper, and your home break.

    Only 20 of these boards are being made.

    * Please note due to the size and shape, shipping will be quoted and paid for separately.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About $2,543

    Original Missibaba Mami Wata Board Bag

    This is a once-off Mami Wata x Missibaba luxury boardbag made by hand by luxury South African accessory brand Missibaba. Your Mami Wata longboard deserves a bag like this. Even if it lives primarily on the wall, the Missibaba x Mami Wata baord bag is indeed a work of art.

    Only 1 bag ever made. And available exclusively through our Harper Sliders Club House Kickstarter. Own it.

    * Please note due to the size and shape, shipping will be quoted and paid for separately.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,358

    Trip to Harper with Waves for Change

    Join the next Waves for Change field trip to Harper, Liberia and meet the Harper Sliders yourself. Surf, beach, inspire and learn.

    February / March 2020

    Itinerary:
    - Arrive on a Saturday in Monrovia
    - 2 nights at the Tropicana Beach Lodge, surfing and exploring Monrovia.
    - 7 days in Harper, staying at the Catholic Guesthouse
    - Participate in the Waves for Change surf therapy program
    - Surf the river mouth and the harbour daily
    - Beach barbecues

    So you look the part, we'll kit you out in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders Track Top, T-shirt and Cap.

    This reward does not include your return flight to Monrovia, but includes the local flight to Harper, accommodation in Monrovia and Harper and all meals.

    *All items in the Mami Wata Harper Sliders collection are limited run and exclusive to this Kickstarter.

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Funding period

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