Donald Takayama

Surf icon Donald Takayama, passed away in the Fall of 2012, but his shapes and unique perspective on surfing lives on with Donald Takayama Surfboards. Donald's list of surfing accomplishments is as attention grabbing as the man himself, but most notably Donald pioneered the modern longboard revolution with then team rider Joel Tudor. Since then Takayamas have set the bar for the modern traditional movement, whether they be logs, hybrids or retro shapes - think the Model T, the In the Pink or the Howard Mini.

Donald's work is carried on by Ricky Carroll out of Florida and Tommy Maus on the West Coast, both of whom have been shaping for over four decades.