|Donald Takayama, me and my friend Laure at the Hawaiian Pro Designs factory|
10/23/12 Update: Donald Takayama passed away yesterday. We just lost a legend.
Two days ago I did not know I would meet Donald Takayama. It just happened. My friend Laure who is visiting from France had a business meeting set up with him and his associate Noah Shimabukuro this morning. Indeed, she is the store manager of the Oxbow surfshop in Anglet (France) which is a Takayama boards's retailer. She took me with her to her appointment and therefore I had the chance to have an hour long tour of the Hawaiian Pro Designs factory guided by Donald Takayama himself. Like I said: it just happened like that and it made my day.
PS: I was so impressed that I did not told him I was a shaper in training ;(
|with team rider and associate, Noah Shimabukuro|
10/23/12 Update: Donald Takayama passed away yesterday. We just lost a surf legend.