The Star Story

SBIA AWARDS 2022 Ian Wooly Macpherson Star Surf + Skate


Star Today

Star Surf + Skate has been based in its current location on the Mandurah foreshore since 1998 (shout out to the OGs who've been with us since the MSC days!). We are the most awarded surf shop in WA - most recently being recognised as the 2022 Single Store Australian Retailer of the Year by the Surf and Boardsports Industry Association (SBIA).

Star boasts one of the deepest selections of surfboards in Western Australia. The racks are currently stocked with over 500 boards from local and international shapers like JS, Firewire, Channel Islands, Slater Designs, DHD and Pyzel.

We carry the largest range of JS in all of WA and keep the store chockers with hardware (wax, fins & leggies) and rubber (wetsuits) so we can be your one stop shop on your way to the water. Wooly runs Star like the core surf shops of the early days: customers are greeted with the familiar smells of fibreglass, wax and fresh neoprene as they check out the latest gear.

Mandurah Surf Lessons is Star's sister business and operates from the same premises. The coaches from Mandurah Surf Lessons also work in the the store so whether our customers are looking for coaching tips in the water or hunting a new board or wettie, Star has them covered.


Star's History

Star Surf + Skate was founded by WA surf industry legend, Dave Kennedy (RIP), in March 1980 and operated out of the Perth CBD as WA's first core surf shop for over 25 years.

Through the 80s and 90s Star catered to the hardware needs of local surfers and skaters who were neglected by existing surf retailers – shops which stocked surf clothing brands but not equipment needed to get up and riding.

Many of Star’s shop staff and team riders have progressed into influential positions at international labels like Oakley, Rusty, Rip Curl, West and Billabong. This legacy continues today with Star sponsoring the cream of WA surf talent like Macklin and Ace Flynn, Cruz Sheridan, Brock Launders, Jack Bulloch.

As a result of looking after WA’s core surfers and skaters, Star has been a consistent winner of Surf Shop Of The Year awards. We were judged the best single store Surf Retailer of the Year in all of Australia in 2022 and 2019. Star has also been named the WA Surf Retailer of the Year in 2014 and 2012 and came runner-up in 2013.

Star has been owned and run by Ian 'Wooly' Macpherson since 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 original Mandurah Terrace location.

Star Surf + Skate’s mission is to look after the needs of 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”. Wooly has run with this motto and ensured DK's legacy has endures today by devoting the majority of the store 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.