RIP Donald Takayama

Legendary shaper dies at age 68

Donald Takayama earlier this year, still as enthusiastic as ever to talk surfboard design. Photo: Glaser

According to early reports, lifelong shaping icon Donald Takayama passed away due to complications from surgery on October 22, 2012. The Hawaiian goofyfooter showed incredible talent for both riding waves and making surfboards at a young age, and moved from Waikiki to Venice Beach at just 12 years old to make boards under the Velzy-Jacobs label. Since his beginnings behind the planer, he has shaped longboards for some of the most iconic surfers of all time, from Miki Dora to Joel Tudor. Takayama was responsible for some of the greatest innovations in longboard design, and will be missed as one of surfing’s most cherished icons.