Sixties Jacobs Surfboards Step Deck

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have a very brief entry focusing on a board that was listed for sale last week on Craigslist. Pictured here is a Jacobs Surfboards step deck longboard that was shaped in 1967, according to the listing. Sadly the listing is no longer live, but I managed to save the photos, which you can find here.

For today’s post I have more questions than answers. As always, if you have some insight to share, don’t hesitate to get in touch! The Jacobs Surfboards longboard you see here was described as potentially having been shaped by none other than Donald Takayama.

A few months ago I wrote up a Jacobs Donald Takayama Hawaii model, which you can find here. In addition, Jacobs Surfboards also produced a separate Donald Takayama Model. I have seen a few different variants of the Jacobs Donald Takayama Model. First, you can see an example here, apparently from 1965, with a triple stringer setup and a Donald Takayama Model laminate. Here’s another Jacobs Donald Takayama Model, but you can see there’s a double stringer setup, and the logo is slightly different. The double stringer board posted on Swaylocks was apparently shaped in 1967, but I’ve also read that Takayama left Jacobs for Bing in 1966.

As for the board featured here, I’m not quite sure what to say. It has the red fin and a clear step deck, but it has a relatively straightforward single stringer setup. More importantly, it doesn’t have any Donald Takayama laminates anywhere on the board. The seller estimated the board was shaped in 1967, which again would mean it was shaped after Takayama had already decamped for Bing. That said, I don’t have any confirmations on these dates other than the sources I have already linked to.

The Jacobs Surfboards step deck longboard you see here is a beautiful board, and it’s still in pretty good condition considering its age. I wish I had some more definitive info about whether or not it is at all related to Takayama, but in the meantime, I’ll just admire these photos of a very cool vintage surfboard.



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  1. Mateo says:

    I have a Step deck in the 6000’s was this jacobs shaped by Takayama? Thank you for any info !