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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

70s Bolt, Takayama Egg & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Yeah, it’s time for another Weekend Grab Bag, so we can all take a peek at some of the boards currently listed for sale online. There’s some nice variation here, starting with a cool Lightning Bolt single fin, and including an 80s Takayama egg and then a Freeline Design stick. As…

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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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Rare Takayama Sting + More: Shredder Submissions

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s time to revisit some submissions from all of you, which is honestly a blog post I look forward to writing every single month. You guys are sitting on some serious heat, which I am pumped to share. Keep reading for more: First up, we have a killer pair of boards…

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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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Donald Takayama with Jeff Pupo Inspired 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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