A relaxed airy beach feel makes stepping into Soul Surf an easy choice whether to enjoy a coffee or browse for a board.
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A stylish interior that speaks of all things coastal makes Soul Surfer the ideal place to unwind and hunt out the perfect board.
For Seb Barbarino and partner Sharene Tailford, opening the café and board store in Mona Vale was a dream come true and even better, they’ve made it a family affair.
The husband and wife team work alongside their daughter Jessica and son-in-law Riki. “We are stoked to be a family, involved in our local Northern Beaches community,” says Sharene.
The couple started their business online ten years ago but always with the idea of creating the perfect hangout for surfers coming in from the waves.
And to say it is a combined café and board shop is somewhat misleading, as Soul Surf is so much more. Stocked with vintage, retro and longboard surfboards – it’s not like other surf shops.
“Our shop is actually packed to the ceiling with surfboards, like your old school surf shop used to be. We have some incredible knowledge about vintage and retro surfboards for collectors and surfers looking for that old style of surfing,” says Seb.
He also prides himself on ensuring the right board goes to each surfer, depending on a variety of extremely important factors such as their experience, age, weight, height and preferred style of riding, from cruising to rippin’ it up.
Soul Surf has something to suit every budget from second hand to brand new, with all the ’Soul Surf Designs’ boards made here at home in Australia, supporting local shapers.
The store also has a range of ‘Hoku’ longboards designed by Soul Surf just for the girls, with that extra special something - awesome water colour and henna pattern designs.
If they don’t have the new board you’re thinking of, Soul Surf offers a custom design service. Plus they stock the essential surf accessories, and a few beach style homewares for those looking for the perfect gift or special piece for their home.
The relaxed beach vibe flows from one area to the other but there is nothing casual about the attention to detail when it comes to the food and drinks.
Soul Surf supports local coffee roaster, ‘Coffee Brothers’ using their ‘Seasonal Blend’ that just won a Gold Medal for Milk Based coffee at the ‘Golden Bean’ Awards held at Port Macquarie.
“We are very proud of the effort we go to to ensure every coffee we serve is the very best it can be, right down to weighing every single shot before we extract the perfect espresso.
“We strive for consistency. Scrumptious brekky, lunch and sweet options are also available, served with old fashioned service and a smile,” adds Sharene.
What more could you ask for?
2 & 3/1761 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale NSW 2103
Phone: (02) 9999 6365 // www.soulsurf.com.au
Open early: 7 days a week