Takayama Tuesday

Greetings, Shredderz! We’ve got an assortment of Donald Takayama shapes for you today, representing some more unusual examples from the man’s long and storied career. Keep scrolling for more.

9’0″ Donald Takayama Joel Tudor 60’s Longboard Classics

At first glance I thought this was one of the epoxy boards Takayama built for Surftech, but turns out it’s a standard board that happens to be in excellent condition. I’m not quite sure what the story is behind Donald’s boards bearing the “60’s Longboard Classics” laminate. I’ve seen a few variants with the 60’s Longboard Classics branding, most of them with Joel Tudor’s name attached, like the one pictured above. I’ve also seen a Tudor Stepdeck variant, a Pig (with no mention of Tudor), and an NR-2 (again, no Tudor).

7’2″ Hawaiian Pro Designs Donald Takayama Egg

I think this egg was likely shaped sometime in the Eighties or Nineties, but it’s really hard for me to say. The 2+1 setup is distinctive but again I don’t know enough about these boards to make any real declarations about them. I think this thing would actually look really great with just a tiny bit of cleanup, and it seems like it would be a user friendly daily driver, too.

Unbranded 8′ Takayama Thruster

I really don’t know what to make of this thing. I’ve never seen a Donald Takayama board with so little branding and laminates. This one only has a signature and then the classic frigate board logo on the bottom right above the fins, which is unusual placement, too. Even the signature is strange — most of the other signatures I’ve seen have dimensions listed.

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