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Legendary surfboard shaper Donald Takayama has passed away at 68, due to heart attack.

Donald Takayama was born in 1944, in Waikiki, Hawaii. As a young surfer he finished runner-up in the United States Surfboard Championships in 1966 and 1967.

Takayama participated in several surf movies. "Surf Crazy" (1959), "Barefoot Adventure" (1960) and "The Seedling" (1999) brought his skills to the general public, by the hand of filmmakers like Bruce Brown and Thomas Campbell.

The surfboard shaping career started very early, when Donald was only 12 years old and traveled to Los Angeles to shape planks at Velzy/Jacobs Surfboards. After working at Weber Surfboards, Takayama kicked of his surfboard brand.

"It wasn't like it is today where – materials were simply not available. You really had to scrape the bot­tom or beat the alleyways to get anything. We made paipos out of plywood, just so we could ride a wave", Donald Takayama once told Liquid Salt magazine....

   

Legendary Surfer and Shaper Donald Takayama passes away Monday morning.

Donald Takayama passed away at 68 monday morning from a heart attack due to medical complications. More details forthcoming. For now our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out Donald's family.
Herein is an interview from the Surfing Heritage Foundation. Don­ald Takayama is a leg­endary surfer/shaper born in Hawaii. After work­ing with Dale Velzy at the age of 11, Don­ald quickly became a world-renowned shaper as well as a top ranked surf­ing com­peti­tor. Over the last six decades, he has men­tored such surf­ing greats as David Nuuhiwa, Joel Tudor, and Kas­sia Meador. We spoke with Don­ald to learn more about his amaz­ing life....

   

How Good Is John John Florence?

 

Three quarters of the way through his first full season on the WCT, 19 year-old John John Florence is sitting on a win, two semi-final and two quarterfinal finishes. It's enough to boost the rookie up to fourth place on the World Championship points, but the scary thing is that he's well within striking distance of top spot.

But of course John John is much more than just a contest machine - his ability in both big, hollow barrels and in the air is right up there with the best in the business. Wanna see for yourself?

   

Surf Spotlight - Ezekiel Lau

Hawaii courses through the veins of 18-year-old budding superstar, Ezekiel Lau, or at least that’s what his high school says. Zeke – as he’s known - is a student at Kamehameha High School, one of several learning centers around the islands that cater purely to kids of native Hawaiian ancestry. Although still very young, it’s seen Zeke take a very serious stance toward the continuation and preservation of Hawaiian surf culture.  “When I get older for sure I want to come back and be able to give back to the kids in Hawaii and help all that new talent. I definitely wanna be a part of it,” he says.

   

Stand Up World Championships at Turtle Bay RESULTS

Kai Lenny secures an impressive win at Turtle Bay and his first World Racing Title

Kai Lenny (Naish) put on a dominant performance over the weekend to secure his first Racing World Championship Title ahead of a field of international powerhouses. Coming into Pacifico’s Stand Up World Series Finals at Turtle Bay leading the overall rankings for the year, (wearing the yellow jersey as a result), Kai knew that he had to finish strong at home in Hawaii to ensure that the first racing Title would be his.

   

The next stop on the ASP World Title hunt - O'neill Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz

The heart of Californian surfing and the birth of the modern wetsuit by Jack O'Neill. Santa Cruz offers classic surf in iconic surf peaks. The best surfers in the world are coming to town, in the O'Neill's 60th anniversary.

The O'Neill Coldwater Classic 2012 is the decisive stage of the ASP World Championship Tour. The event has been upgraded to the elite division of surfing and will certainly stay in the memory and history of surfing.

Jack O'Neill played a crucial role in the development of surfing, right from that mythical house at Pleasure Point.

   

8-12' surf at Alii Saturday at The North Shore Menehune Surfing Champs start the liquid roller coaster ride Saturday!

Whoa, looks like Sunday will have to be the day and itll still be BIG stuff for the Menehune Champs.

Our Menehune Keiki are well loved...thanks to all who make it possible! We'll see you out in Paradise!

We start at 8am with Long boards Saturday in 1-2' surf...perfect. Plus, the awesome, ever popular 'Kokua Division' is on standby for a possible 11am start (this year we have 125 keiki 6 years and under with their Parents).

MAHALO NUI TO OUR 2012 NORTH SHORE MENEHUNE SURF CONTEST SPONSORS
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HALLELUJAH!!! Karsten Thot bridge is finally reopened

After what seemed like an eternity, the Karsten Thot bridge is officially reopened, thus disproving the previous belief that the Department of Transportation hates surfers.  Why would anyone feel this way?...Probably because as soon as North Shore starts turning on, and surfers want to head up country to surf, frothing after this exceptionally lackluster of a summer, the DOT closed 1 of 2 main arteries into the country, creating a traffic headache for those both country and town bound.  It didn't really thin out the crowds, it just made the commute significantly longer.

   

The 23-year-old Australian has earned his first career ASP elite world tour victory after defeating Gabriel Medina in a down-to-the-wire final at Supertubos.

Julian Wilson Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal

October 19th, 2012 – Julian Wilson (AUS), 23, has claimed his maiden ASP World Championship Tour victory today, besting a rampaging Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, in the dying seconds of the historic Final to take out the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal played host to pivotal moments in the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title, culminating in dramatic fashion today between the two young superstars.

   

Ballistic dream surf during one week in Indonesia with the DC Surf team

Surf News October, 2012 : - - DC Surfing is proud to present Free For All, the latest DC film starring Craig Anderson, Mitch Coleborn Dillon Perillo and Ry Craike. Shot over one week in Indonesia during this year’s team trip, at 8 minutes and 40 seconds this short film features a lot of hi-fi action footage with no filler, like the good old days of surf videos. The crew scored back-to-back swells and they surfed for hours on end from sun up to sun down getting some amazing clips in the process. 

   

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