Guy Takayama:

A native of Southern California and of Japanese, Hawaiian descent, Guy was raised in the surfing and board shaping traditions of his father, Raymond, and his Uncle Donald.

Learning to surf at an early age, Guy was winning and placing in many surfing contests which includes the West Coast Longboard title, Professional Longboard Championships (1995) second place, International Longboard Surfing Championships in Japan (1989) first place, International Tandem Championships (2005) first place, and the recipient of the prestigious Leroy Grannis Award in 2003.

Guy’s hand shaped surfboards are long considered to be the “Ferrari of surfboards” by many in the surfing community. A recent addition to Guy’s surfboard line are his dramatic art boards, with his hand painted characteristic gold, silver and variegated leafing that reflects reverence for his culture and love of the ocean.

A man of many talents, Guy has also worked for decades with professional athletes and Olympians in the sports rehabilitation field, utilizing his gift of intuitive energy to promote health and well being.

Another passion of his is supporting many non-profit charities such as the Wounded Warrior program, SurfAid, Best Day Foundation, Texas Blind Surfing Association, Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club, Tri-City Medical Center Foundation the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Helen Woodward Animal Center and his own Guy Takayama Foundation.


All the custom surfboards are designed, tested and wave proven by Guy Takayama. Hand crafted in the United States. Each board is hand shaped by Guy and is a unique one of a kind wave riding vehicle.


All the custom fins are designed by Guy Takayama and hand crafted in the United States. Many of the fin designs were developed from Guy’s background in physics. Some of his fins have unique shapes that you wont find from other fin manufacturers. The Manta and Orca are two examples of Guy’s unique fin designs.


Guy Takayama is an internationally recognized surfer, surfboard shaper, and designer who has expanded his creativity by entering the world of art. Guy grew up in a family of world renown surfers and shapers which covered decades of the sport to its infancy.

Being a longtime surfboard shaper and designer, Guy has airbrushed and hand-painted surfboards with art during the eighties and now adorns them with gold, silver, copper and variegated leafing. Each and every one of his art pieces are unique and collectable.

An advocate for education, preserving Surfing’s history, and donating time with special needs children. Guy has participated as an officer, honorary chair member, ambassador, and now has his own Guy Takayama nonprofit 501-c3 organization.