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Channel Bottom Takayama Beach Break Model

Greetings, Shredderz! A few weeks ago I posted a 90s Takayama Beach Break Model with an unusual channel bottom design on Instagram. I was pleasantly surprised when Joel Tudor chimed in with some more context on the board: “That was originally a model made for me that I thought was to high pro…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

The Last Social Media Roundup of 2022

Greetings, Shredderz! See below for I don’t know a ton about Japanese photographer Hideaki Sato, but I do have a copy of “North Shore 1970-1980”, which is a dope pocket sized book documenting everyone’s favorite Hawaiian proving grounds. Love the photo featured above: it’s so simple and wonderful. One of the things I…

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Hideaki Sato photography

Donald Takayama Joel Tudor Model

Greetings, Shredderz! I’m stoked to be coming at you today with a board that I shockingly have not written up before (or, more likely, I wrote it up years ago and just can’t find the original post): the Donald Takayama Joel Tudor Model. Takayama helped guide Joel Tudor during the early parts of…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Surfing’s New Image Aipa Sting & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to another installment of the Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag, where I highlight a few boards that are all listed for sale as of publishing time. We’ve got some sweet sleds for today’s post, so keep scrolling if you wanna check ’em out. 6’6″ Surfing’s New Image Aipa Sting (Craigslist…

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Donald Takayama for Oxbow

Greetings, Shredderz! Donald Takayama is a fixture here at Shred Sledz, although to be honest, that’s probably the single worst way to recognize his long and influential career. Takayama was the runner-up in the 1966 and 1967 United States Surfboard Championships (as always, the Encyclopedia of Surfing remains an essential resource for facts…

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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…

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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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