Skater HQ has been Australia’s favourite source of Inline Skates, Skateboards, Roller Skates, Scooters and other fun toys since 1991. Our family run business is committed to offering the very best service on our carefully selected range of products.
In 1991 Bill and Barb Vertucci opened Manly Blades, the first inline skate specialty store in New South Wales, situated on beautiful Manly beach front. Bill and Barb met in Colorado where Bill managed a ski shop and Barb was a ski instructor. In 2007 they opened a new store in Moore Park with easy rolling access to Centennial Park and nearby Waterloo Skate Park. They named both stores Skater HQ to encompass the range of rolling sporting goods that we sell.
They have always been committed to the skating industry and continue to sponsor inline skaters, skateboarders and scooter riders of all ages around the country. They regularly host comps to encourage young talent and over the years our team riders have won competitions throughout the world.
School programs are an important part of raising the profile of wheeled sports and for many years, Skater HQ coaches would head off to teach hundreds of kids the joys of rolling on two, four or eight wheels. During school holidays the crew would host demos, workshops, and comps for various councils. Private and group lessons were offered every day and what kid doesn't want a skating birthday party at some stage! All of these services have now been adopted by our former head coach Charlie who runs a new company based in the Northern Beaches called Roller Crew.
As of 2023, Bill and Barb have happily retired but Skater HQ lives on, continuing as an online store shipping daily from our national warehouse! Our aim is to stock the latest and greatest in all products and we are committed to continue offering excellent customer service to our customers old and new. Everyone is welcome to shop with us; people of all ages, all persuasions and all interests. So shop online with Skater HQ and share the passion!