Our Story

I created Surfing Ballerina to help teach my daughters that they can do anything and to also get them excited about learning to surf.
I wanted to create a fun playful learn to surf story which makes all aspects of surfing, even falling off a board, part of the fun. 
It’s a heartwarming story written with a lovely resilience building inner dialogue for children. Featuring gorgeous illustrations by the talented Mila Shurina, this book belongs in every young child's picture book collection. 
If this resonates with you, please order your copy today. 
We have just launched on social media. If you’re feeling it, please support us by sharing Surfing Ballerina on Instagram and Facebook (@officialsurfingballerina). 

I hope you love it as much as I do.  

About Greta and Mila...
Greta Menzies is an Australian author, publisher, corporate advisor specialising in data science and analytics, entrepreneur and surfing mum. She is fuelled by caffeine and her love of her kids – determined to show them they can do anything. From the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, she is the creator/founder of both Surfing Ballerina and Resilience Reads publishing. She is passionate about developing engaging and fun ways to help children build resilience and confidence. She loves the beach and measures her family’s happiness by the amount of sand on the floor.
Mila Shurina is originally from Russia but currently based in Italy and working as a freelance illustrator. Mila has a masters degree in graphic design and has worked on a diverse range of graphic design and illustration projects worldwide. She likes to study the culture of different countries and make photos but children’s books and drawing are her passion. She creates beautiful and powerful imagery which brings to life and excites our imaginations.


(The beautiful backdrop to this sweet story. You can see how it inspired Greta)