The surfing world lost legendary surfboard craftsman Donald Takayama early this week at the age of 68 to a heart attack. Takayama was a pioneer in the surfing community, helping shape the industry that surfing is today. Donald had an extensive career as a talented surfer, world-class shaper, and successful business partner. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends, he will be greatly missed.
Donald Takayama was born in Waikiki, Hawaii in 1944 and moved to southern
California at the age of 12, working with local surfboard companies. Takayama
was known as the first “child-prodigy” in surfboard shaping, starting to shape at
the age of 7 and creating a career of board building. He also was an accomplished
surfer throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, finishing runner-up in the United States
Surfboard Championships in '66 and '67 along with many other competitive surfing
accomplishments. Donald went on to create his own surf label, Hawaiian Pro Designs, where he began to shape almost solely longboard shapes for competitive longboard champions (such as Joel Tudor) and the general public. Surfer Magazine named him one of the "25 Surfers Who Changed The Sport," in 1985 and in 1991, Takayama was inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame.
Donald was one of the early adopters to implement Hydroflex Technology with his shapes. We worked close with him here at Hydroflex Technology and hope for the best for the family and friends he leaves behind. He will be greatly missed.
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