The Star Story

 Star today......

Today Star is located at 20 Mandurah terrace, Mandurah (formerly MSC - Mandurah Surf Company) and hosts one of the best selections of surfboards in WA. Carrying over 300 boards from JS, Slater Designs and Firewire - Star has the best range of JS and Slater Designs in all of WA. We have that feel of a true 'surf shop'(boardstore, surfboard warehouse) .... the smell of wax, fibreglass and neoprene as you walk through the door just like the way it was in 1980. Star has been nominated as a top 5 (national) boardstore in the SBIA awards! Not only does Star host one of the best ranges of surf hardware in WA but is the home of MSL - Mandurah Surf Lessons and many of the coaches work both in MSL and Star so you can trust that all the team are qualified to help you with your hardware needs. And don't worry if you longboard, SUP, bodyboard or skate we have you covered too!

The Star Story......

WA surf industry legend, Dave Kennedy (RIP), opened Star Surf + Skate in March 1980. The store was initially located in Forrest Place, but moved to Murray Street location four years later.

Through the 80s, Star Surf + Skate was known as WA’s first core surf shop. Under Kennedy’s guidance, Star catered to the specific surf hardware needs of local surfers who were neglected by existing retailers – shops which stocked surf brands but not an extensive range of essential equipment like surfboards, wetsuits and wax.

Star’s core credibility was (and still is) boosted by the footprint ex-Star employees and team riders have left on the WA surf industry. Many of the WA brand and sales managers at international labels such as like Rusty, Rip Curl, West and Billabong started out as sponsored surfers or sales assistants at Star.

This legacy continues today with Star sponsoring the cream of WA surf talent like Macklin Flynn, Cruz Sheridan, Toby Jenkins and Ben Veitch. 

Star Skate was WA's first skate shop and current team riders Jesse Nelson and Noah Macpherson represent the Star brand well whenever they have a roll.

As a result of looking after WA’s core surfers and skaters, Star has been a consistent winner of ‘WA Surf Shop Of The Year’ awards, Star won the WA Surf Retailer of the Year Award for 2014 and 2012 and came runner-up in 2013. In 2013, Star Surf + Skate was also named in the top 5 ‘core’ surfboard stores in all of Australia.

Star was taken over by its current owners in 2006, following the tragic death of Dave Kennedy to leukaemia at age 51. Since the change in ownership, Star has relocated and merged with Mandurah Surf Company, into their Mandurah Terrace location.

Star Surf + Skate’s initial (and ongoing) business model has always been skewed towards passionate surfers, skaters and bodyboarders. When Dave Kennedy started the business back in 1980, his vision was to create the “total surf shop” that stocked “everything that emanated surfdom”. DK’s legacy has endured today under the watchful eye of current director Ian Macpherson with Star devoting a major slice of their floor space to surf, skate and bodyboard hardware.

We hope everyone who visits Star experiences the friendliest and most knowledgable customer service in Australia and walks out of our stores stoked on their latest purchase. Star Surf + Skate - Owned By Surfers Since 1980.