"I’m Filipa Leandro, a Portuguese MOTHER and SURFER, in LOVE with LIFE, finding BEAUTY everyday!"
Filipa Leandro was born in Portugal and discovered her passion for surfing at a young age, becoming one of Portugal's first female surfers. After competing in surf contests for 10 years and getting a degree in Diplomacy, Filipa travelled to Hawaii where she worked on her thesis for a Masters in Human Ecology.
Upon returning to Portugal, Filipa got married and welcomed her first son. Over the next several years Filipa lived between Portugal and California, and brought two more beautiful children to the world. All three grew to share her passion for surfing. Filipa became a surf teacher, and soon realized that surfing could help children gain confidence and self-esteem, help them to build trust, to be more positive, and so on.
Combined with a passion for writing, these experiences inspired Filipa to create a new collection of books for kids: "Come Surf with Pipa, Jaime and Kika". The present collection follows the adventures of Filipa's family in the surfing world, based on real life. Fun surf stories that empower kids, giving them the tools for a happy, positive, and healthy lifestyle, wile also teaching them about cultures and traditions, around the world, and specially around Portugal, her country, and empathizing important values such as family, sustainability, respect, friendship, sports, the tenacity and pursuit of dreams, among others.
The idea to write this collection came in 2012, while Filipa was giving surf classes to kids at a summer camp, inspired by meeting children from different backgrounds and observing how much they gained from learning a new sport. In August 2015, fellow surfer Sofia Oliveira offered to illustrate the books, and in November 2015 the 3 first were launched.
Filipa enjoys doing book tours and educating children about some of the key topics covered in the books. She has travelled worldwide from Australia to Hawaii.
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 - Ericeira, World Surfing Reserve!
9 - Viana do Castelo, Nautical City of the Atlantic: "Those who like it come, those who love it stay!"
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)...