Greetings, Shredderz! Here are three Donald Takayama surfboards that were all listed for sale over the past three months or so. As far as I can tell, all three of these boards were shaped around the same time, in the late Nineties / early 2000s. There’s also some fantastic variety here, with a twin fin, an egg and a longboard to round things out. It’s harder than it should be to find quality information on Takayama’s illustrious shaping career, so I figured I’d try and do my part by sharing pics of some cool boards. Keep scrolling for more.
5’8″ Donald Takayama Twin Fin
I love these little Takayama twinnies. I want to say Takayama shaped similar boards for Larry Bertlemann back in the early Eighties, but I have never been able to confirm that anywhere. This one was listed for sale about two months ago. According to the seller, it was likely shaped in the early 2000s. The board is hand signed by Donald along the stringer on the bottom. As always, it comes down the details. Love the unobtrusive logos — though I do love me some Hawaiian Pro Designs rail lams — and of course, the subtle matching pin line and glassed on fins. Board measures 5’8″ x 19″ x 2 1/2″.
9’4″ Donald Takayama Longboard
According to the seller, this longboard was shaped in the early 2000s, maybe late Nineties. This might have been the same seller as the twin fin above; I can’t say for sure. The board is also hand signed by Donald along the stringer on the deck. Dimensions are 9’4″ x 22 5/8″ x 3 1/16″. I’m not sure what model this is, but again, I dig the simple look, with all the classic Hawaiian Pro Designs laminates you’d expect from one of these boards. The two tone airbrush is a nice touch, too.
8’0″ Donald Takayama Egg
Last but not least we have a killer Donald Takayama egg with some beautiful resin tints on the deck and the bottom. It almost looks like one of those SurfTech epoxy boards but in the original photos you can clearly see the stringer beneath the bottom. It is also hand signed by Donald on the deck, but you can barely see it beneath the cream colored tint.
The board measures in at 8’0″ x 22″. No thickness was listed. If, like me, you love to geek out on rare and unusual logos, the Takayama egg has not one but two rad laminates, with a different one on the deck and another on the bottom. I’d also guess this board was late Nineties / early 2000s.