The entire surf industry has been struck with remorse over the loss of legendary Hawaiian surfer and famous board shaper, Donald Takayama. As founder of Hawaiian Pro Designs, Takayama has honored countless surfers with his master crafted boards and has mentored legendary surfers such as David Nuuhiwa, Joel Tudor and Kassia Meador. He passed away due to surgery complications on October 22, 2012 at the age of 68.
Growing up on the island of Oahu, Takayama began shaping boards just after learning to surf at the age of 7. From there on out, Takayama began blessing the industry with incredibly functional and aesthetically impressive designs, and has worked with Bing and Weber surfboards. In 1991, Donald Takayama was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame to remain one of the most influential athletes in surfing history.
For over 55 years, Takayama enjoyed surfing, designing and manufacturing surfboards. He was a 5-time United States Surfing Champion and competed for fun whenever his schedule permitted.
In this short video, Takayama explains the fin he designed called “The Halo”:
“I hope that you, too, will enjoy a great day of surfing,” Takayama wrote.
Condolences to the Takayama family and friends, as he deeply touched so many in the surfing community.