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Guy Takayama Model

It’s always great to find knowledgeable people on the internet. It’s even better if they happen to be generous with that information. Enter @takayamacollectors on Instagram. Whoever runs the account posts some terrific photos of vintage Donald Takayama surfboards, which are almost always accompanied by informative captions that shed more light on the…

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Donald Takayama + Nat Young Malibu Sam Model

Donald Takayama boasts one of the great careers in surfing history, from his early days riding for the legendary Jacobs team in the 60s, to his role in reviving traditional longboarding in the 90s and 2000s with his Hawaiian Pro Designs label. I’ve catalogued many of Takayama’s different models over the years here…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Beveled Rails, Takayama Rarities + More

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s another installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. There are some rad boards currently listed for sale online this holiday weekend. Keep reading for the full rundown. Ben Aipa Sting for Surf Line Hawaii (eBay) I always dig seeing examples of Aipa’s forays into experimental surf design, whether it’s the exaggerated…

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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 Weekend Grab Bag

Mid Week Grab Bag: Takayama + More

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to a Wednesday edition of the Weekend Grab Bag, featuring a selection of sleds that are all for sale as of publishing time. We’ve got a Donald Takayama longboard and some other goodies — keep scrolling for more. 9’4″ Donald Takayama Speed Shape AKA DT-1 (Craigslist Orange County) Disclaimer: I…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Creamsicle Takayama Egg + More

Greetings, Shredderz! Keep reading for another installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. All the boards featured below are for sale online as of publishing time. We’re starting things off with a beautiful 90s Takayama egg. 8’0″ 2+1 Takayama Egg (Craigslist San Diego) It’s a 90s Donald Takayama Egg, clocking in at 8′ on…

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Takayama Tuesday

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a beautiful vintage Donald Takayama longboard for your perusing pleasure. Thanks to KC for sending this one along. The board is for sale as of the time this post was published. The seller is asking an extremely reasonable $700. You can check out the listing here. According to…

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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

A Beautiful Vintage Takayama Longboard

Greetings, Shredderz! There is an absolutely unreal vintage Donald Takayama longboard that was listed somewhere online earlier today for $300. By now someone has pulled off an absolute heist, and if I had been within a 2 hour drive of that board I’d be in the car instead of hammering out this blog…

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