Two Top Notch Takayama Boards

Greetings, Shredderz! Per the title, here are two random Donald Takayama boards that I recently saw listed online. The first is a 5’6″ Donald Takayama Larry Bertlemann twin fin. I’m guessing this one was shaped in the late 90s or early 2000s, as the signature on this board matches the style that I’ve seen from other examples made during this era. You simply cannot go wrong with Da Rubberman’s Pepsi-inspired “Anything is Possible” laminate, and the colors on the airbrush are impeccable.

The next board is an early 80s Takayama thruster egg, clocking in at 7’10” x 22 1/4″ x 3 1/8″. This one was partially restored. As far as I can tell most of the work was on the bottom of the board, as I had seen pics of the deck pre-restoration, and it was in good shape.

To my surprise the egg was on Craigslist forever, especially given that the asking price was $850. I’m shocked it took so long to sell. Takayama’s pedigree doesn’t need any further explanation, and then again, neither does that incredible 80s airbrush! To me this egg is a killer combination of being a board that is likely super fun to ride and also collectible. And while the airbrush provides some flair, it’s not too over the top, either.

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