About Donald Takayama and Surfboards by Donald Takayama

Photo by Leroy Grannis
Photo by Leroy Grannis


For those of you who don't know me, I am Donald Takayama, owner of Surfboards by Donald Takayama/Hawaiian Pro Designs Inc. and Sufers Choice Products. I would like to give you a bit of my background in the surfing industry.


I have been surfing, designing and manufacturing surfboards for over 55 years. I am a 5 time United States Surfing Champion and compete for fun whenever my schedule permits.


The sport of surfing has been my life. I have been fortunate to have made many friends and appreciate those who have believe in and enjoyed the work that I do.


From a humble beginning I taught myself how to shape a surfboard out of necessity. Most everyone at the time shaped their own surfboards in the backyard. In fact it was known as backyard industry for quite some time.


Over the years I have had many different experiences and have been pround of being a part of the industry that I have watched grow to global proportions. As small as the network in the surfing industry really is, the impact of the lifestyle created it's own culture, which has branched off into a multitude of the ideas for business and pleasure. I have tried to mix both into what I do.


From surfboards and apparel to accessories. I hope that you too will enjoy a great day of surfing and maybe even good surf flick when the day is done.


Enjoy and Mahalo!