Joel Tudor speaks to the crowd about his beloved friend and mentor, Donald Takayama. Photo: Glaser

On November 10, friends, family, and the North County surf community gathered at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater in Oceanside to remember one of surfing’s greats. The day included music by the Takayama family, as well as a host of speakers who reflected on the life of Donald and the warmth that he brought to the lives of his friends and the surf world at large. Speakers included some of the most legendary surfers and shapers of our time, such as Paul Strauch, Nat Young, Skip Frye, and Joel Tudor. After speeches were made, the crowd went to the shoreline just south of the Oceanside Pier for the memorial paddle out in his honor.

Skip Frye addressing the crowd in Oceanside. Photo: Glaser

The paddle out in memory of Donald Takayama. Photo: Glaser

Nat Young paying his respects. Photo: Glaser

Donald Takayama had a profound effect on the lives of many North County surfers. Photo: Glaser