I’m Filipa Leandro, a Portuguese MOTHER and SURFER, in LOVE with LIFE, finding BEAUTY everyday!
After competing in surf contests for 10 years and getting a degree in Diplomacy, I travelled to Hawaii for a couple of months while I was starting my Masters in Human Ecology. After that... oh, it’s a long story...and three beautiful kids came to the world!
Meanwhile I became a surf teacher and my two youngest became addicted surfers! All this, combined with the passion for writing, inspired me to create a new collection of books for kids: "Come Surf with Pipa, Jaime and Kika"! This is the first collection for kids on surf, in the world of children’s literature! Here culture, values and joy are transmited through surf adventures.
In the present collection I narrate the adventures of my own family in the surfing world, while empathizing culture and important values such as respect, friendship, sports, family, sustainability, the tenacity and pursuit of dreams, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, among others. All this is done through funny stories about surf – a sport with at least thirty five million followers around the world and that has reached the second position in the most practiced sports at a national level (@Portugal). These stories will also go along with the true rising of my daughter, the middle one, Francisca Leandro Veselko (Kika) carrier as a surfer, which is already happening or Instagram: @kikaveselko . My 9 years old, Jaime, is also in the water, surfing already some good size waves. We will see what will come from there @jaimesince2009 . Joey the oldest, lives in Califórnia, but joins his mother and brothers every vacation time!
In my books I relate the challenges and the delights of any family, through my keen eyes of a mother of three, a surfer and experienced woman that wants to catch all the good waves that life offers and inspired the others to do the same, hopping to help coloring the world.
The idea to write this collection came in 2012, while I was giving some surf classes to kids, on a summer camp. With all my surf experiences and travelling, and all those kids coming from such different backgrounds, gave me the inspiration... but wasnt easy to find a illustrator, money... 3 years later I was teaching again, this time with the help of a young surfer girl, Sofia Oliveira, and we talked about the subject. She is a great artist and told me: - I´ll HELP YOU! This was in august 2015. In November the 3 first books were being launched. 3 at the same time, because besides being independent stories, they are the introduction of the family!
The TITLES are:
1- Kika starts surfing!
2- Kika in surfing school: the competitions and the Maldives... Jaime enters the scene!
3- Jaime, the family’s mascote!
4- The gigantic waves of Nazaré!
5- At Peniche during the Surfing World Championship… Super Tubes!
6 - Cascais, Capital of Portuguese Surfing and it´s all down to King D. Luís and his Love of Swimming in the Sea!
7 - The Resano Sisters!
8 - Nazaré, a Wave to Go Down in History... Now it´s the Children´s Turn!
The prefaces of the released books were written by some national leading figures of the surfing world, such as Joao Aranha, president of the Portuguese Surfing Federation, the “father” of the Portuguese surf Nuno Jonet, the professional surfer Frederico Morais (aka Kikas), João Macedo, a huge waves surfer, Paulo Morais Ferreira, PPSC (Peniche Surfing Club) director, Teresa Abraços (one of the first portuguese surfers)...