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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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Price Checks

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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Surfer’s Choice: Takayama Teriyaki Sauce

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a quick hit for you regarding a very cool board that was recently listed for sale. Shout out to KC for sending this board my way. Pictured here is a 9′ Donald Takayama longboard with a thruster setup and a whole bunch of rad stuff happening in the…

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Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup

Stussy Yard Sale, John Elwell & More

Greetings, Shredderz! See below for some social media selections from the past month or so. Pat Curren as captured by John Elwell, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. I don’t know much about Elwell, but upon reading Richard Kenvin’s excellent tribute, it’s clear that Elwell had a huge impact on surfing…

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Donald Takayama Joel Tudor 60’s Longboard Classics

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a striking acid splash Donald Takayama Joel Tudor 60’s Longboard Classics Model for your viewing pleasure. Many thanks to Roman for supplying the photos you see in the post. You can find Roman on Instagram here. I’ve written up a few of these 60’s Longboard Classics models before,…

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