Legendary Shaper Dies of Heart Attack at Age 68
According to early reports, lifelong shaping icon Donald Takayama passed away at age 68, due to heart attack 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. Many would say that Takayama shaped the finest longboards of his generation, gliding Joel Tudor to multiple world titles and making longboarding rad again in the 90′s. Takayama was responsible for some of the greatest innovations in longboard design, and will be missed as one of surfing’s most cherished icons. Rest in Peace Donald.