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Stunning Triple Stringer Takayama

Greetings, Shredderz! There exists a long, not exactly organized list of surfboards I’d like to own someday. A hand shaped Donald Takayama longboard is somewhere close to the top. If you want to be ultra accurate, I suppose you could say a hand signed Donald Takayama longboard; like many other labels with large…

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Donald Takayama Dale Dobson Diamond Tail

Greetings, Shredderz! There’s still not quite an hour left in Takayama Tuesday, so I’m gonna make this quick. Featured here is a very cool 8’4″ Donald Takayama Dale Dobson longboard that was recently sold on Craigslist. Pics are all via the original listing. This board is a trip, and as far as I…

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Donald Takayama with Jeff Pupo Artwork

Greetings, Shredderz! I love finding gems on Craigslist and other sites — although this one, like countless other Takayamas, was sent to me by KC — and I love it when a random stick helps fill in some information about board building and the people who make it all happen. Featured here is…

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Rare Donald Takayama Balsa Longboard

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a truly incredible board for you: a 10’0″ balsa Donald Takayama longboard with a beautiful teal resin tint. Shout out to KC for sending this one my way. The board was recently put up for sale online. If you look around you can find the listing (it’s not…

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Donald Takayama balsa

Green Egg & Spam: Donald Takayama Egg

Greetings, Shredderz! I’ve been featuring a ton of Donald Takayama boards lately, with no signs of stopping any time soon. A beautiful Donald Takayama egg popped up on Craigslist in San Diego recently, and it’s a clean one. The measurements are 7’4″ x 22″ x 2 3/4″. I always have a hard time…

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9’3″ Donald Takayama Single Fin Gun

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s Takayama Tuesday today, which can only mean one thing: here at Shred Sledz we’re celebrating in style by featuring another one of Donald’s next level shapes. I actually posted the board featured here on Instagram earlier today, but judging by the enthusiastic response, it’s too good to just leave to…

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Takayama Teriyaki Egg

Greetings, Shredderz! Today (November 16) is Donald Takayama’s birthday, and he would have been 78. Given Shred Sledz is a blog about vintage surfboards, I can’t think of a better way to say happy birthday than to feature one of Donald’s shapes. I recently wrote up a Takayama longboard with a Surfer’s Choice…

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90s Fabric Inlay Donald Takayama

Greetings, Shredderz! If you didn’t already know, consider this official notice: there are few things I love more than a beautiful surfboard with a great story behind it. Here is a 9’6″ x 22 1/2″ Hawaiian Pro Designs Donald Takayama with a gorgeous fabric inlay. The pics you see here were originally uploaded…

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