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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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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

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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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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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

70s Liddle Single Fin & More

Greetings, Shredderz! It’s time for another Weekend Grab Bag. Per usual, every single board below is being offered for sale as of publishing time. Keep scrolling for some pics and words. 6’2″ Donald Takayama Howard Special Mini (Craigslist San Diego) Before Devon Howard developed the CI Mid at Channel Islands Surfboards, the San…

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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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Donald Takayama Jacobs 60’s Model

Greetings, Shredderz! We’re back with another great Donald Takayama shape from his influential and decades-long career. Shout out to the two people who were kind enough to send me the board featured here. Pictured above is a Donald Takayama Jacobs Surfboards 60’s Model. I believe it was likely shaped in the late 90s…

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