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Memorial & Paddleout for Donald Takayama

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It’s time for the surfing community to get together and remember Donald Takayama—the Hawaiian born surfing legend and master surfboard shaper/designer that moved to California in the 1960s and became one of the world’s most celebrated surfboard builders.


Takayama died last month.


This memorial service is open to the public and will have a host of legendary surfers and speakers to share stories about Donald the surfer, the shaper, and friend of the surfing community.


Following the speakers at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, surfers will paddle out just beyond the surf line to say their final farewell to Donald. This will also be visible from the pier for those not able to paddle out on a board.


Memorial Schedule:



  • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Music by Takayama family at Amphitheater

  • 10:00 a.m. - Speaker ceremony begins at Amphitheater

  • 11:30 a.m. - Music and Hula Dancers by Momilani’s at Amphitheater

  • 12 p.m. - Paddleout Water Ceremony begins next to pier


1:30 P.M. - Open mic begins at Amphitheater
Speakers: Joel Tudor, Nat Young, Paul Strauch, Linda Benson, Skip Frye, Cori Schumacher, members of the Takayama family, as well as Devon Howard, Jeanette Schumacher and Brendan White on behalf of HPD.


Hawaiian Pro Designs will have more information and updates, as will Facebook


—Information taken from a SpyOptic News Release

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