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By Marz

WA's surfing community is in sadness after the passing of one of Western Australias surfing icons.

Dave Kennedy the owner of WA's longest running and largest surf shops, "DK", as he was and is affectionately known has lost his battle with Leukaemia.

Kennedy who will not only be remembered for his happy go lucky attitude will also be remembered for his contribution to the surfing industry throughout the years.

In the early years Kennedy not only competed in state surfing championships, but was synonymous with launching the careers of some of WA's best surfers, by sponsoring some of the states best including world number 2 Dave Mc aulay, Mark Clift, James Catto and a list of others that are too numerous to mention in their early years (sorry crew you know who you are and the list would be too long to put on this page re: who Dave has helped through the years).

Kennedy is also remembered by his much beloved "Star King of Da Point" surfing event, which is held annually at Trigg Point. An event that helps breed some of WA's hottest surfing talents the event is seen as the next biggest thing outside of the Masters at Margaret River and was also a major supporter of events run by JC Surfworks including the Star Junior series.

Kennedy was one of Surfing WA's Life Members and was also a big supporter and contributor to the development of surfing at all levels and disciplines in WA.

Dave's wife Jo extends a warm welcome to everyone in the surfing community who has been a part of Dave's life to attend his funeral to celebrate his life at Karrakatta cemetery at 10.30 am Wednesday the 13-07-05.

****(Check the West to confirm or ring Star Surf Shop to confirm)*****

A Paddleout for Dave Kennedy will take place Today (10th July) at the southern end of Isolators Beach, (300 metres South of Cottesloe Groyne) at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Deepest condolences to the Kennedy family and all the staff at Star Surf Shop from all the crew at SRO.

Rest and surf in peace Dave.