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When we say our longboards, fun shapes and hybrid surfboards perform like no other board on the market, we mean it.  Guy Takayama designed these hyper performance surfboards to take full advantage of advanced materials and manufacturing methods to deliver boards that simply perform like no other. All surfboards are 100% hand layups, made with a total of 12 ounces of fiberglass / carbon fiber (both deck and bottom) for superior strength while maintaining flexibility. 

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Guy Takayama Surfboard Blanks

Our blanks go beyond: The EPS fused cell core is created in custom molds, producing the same beautiful shape every time. The proprietary fiberglass stringer system provides additional longitudinal strength for controlled flex and twist in the tail. Each EPS blank is encased in a lamination of 4 ounces of fiberglass, vacuum-bonded with a high density foam shell using epoxy resin.

High Performance Surfboard Shapes

Guy Takayama started with his best shapes based on decades of hand-shaping custom polyurethane surfboards, and modified them to take full advantage of the lighter, more durable epoxy technologies and other advanced materials. The results have frankly exceeded our hopes and expectations. These surfboards are magic, and advanced production methods, and intense focus on the quality ensure that every surfboard has the same magic in its soul.

  • Tapered rails offer excellent manueverability and quick release. 
  • Rocker and bottom shapes are made for noseriding as well as power and performance surfing. 
  • Designed super fast to get around sections, blast airs, or shoot down the line. 
  • Shapes designed specifically to optimize advanced materials.
  • Advanced manufacturing processes and skilled craftsmen assure surfboard shape consistency. 
  • Proprietary Fiberglass Stringer System: Longitudinal flex comparable to PU with Latitudinal twist and rebound. 
  • 100% Hand layups - There is no substitute for skilled craftsmen who are totally committed to quality.

Proper care of your Guy Takayama Surfboard          

A quality surfboard is an investment in addition to being a major source of stoke, so observe these three basic care tips to keep your surfboards in top condition for years of solid use: 

  • Bag it. Bag your surfboards when they are not in the water. More than half of all dings result from handling and while in transit, so bag your board, and make sure it’s tied down while en route to your break, so it’s not bouncing around.
  • Keep it cool. If you’re not in the water, avoid extreme temperatures by keeping your boards out of the sun (bag them!). And, don’t leave your boards in closed vehicles where temperatures on hot days can exceed 150 degrees. This is particularly important with boards that are darker in color, and boards with Carbon Fiber, that will absorb more heat than light-colored boards.

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  • Keep it clean. Rinsing sand and salt off your boards before putting them in the bag will help keep sand and debris out of your board bag, and reduce the risk of scratching that beautiful finish. Also, if your board has a Gore Tex vent, rinse sand and clear wax from the vent. 

Repairing your Guy Takayama Surfboard        

Life has its ups and downs, and it seems inevitable that all surfboards eventually get dinged and need repair. If you ding your Takayama epoxy surfboard it’s no problem. Our boards repair using the same basic methods as any epoxy board, and that includes models with carbon fiber. Here are the basics:

  • If you ding your board in the water, get out and avoid extended exposure to water. All foam boards will absorb some water once dinged, and you should try to minimize water absorption.
  • Let you board dry out if you have taken on some water, so that you don’t trap water inside your repair, and so that the resins used in the repair don’t react with the water.
  • USE ONLY EPOXY RESINS IN YOUR REPAIRS! Polyester resin chemistry reacts very strongly with epoxy /EPS chemistry and will severely damage your surfboard if you use polyester resin.
  • Use regular fiberglass cloth in your repairs, even if going over carbon fiber. Let the resin cure completely, sand and polish, and you’re good to go. Better yet, take your board to a professional ding repair shop to make sure repairs are done properly and your surfboard is returned to as close to new condition as possible.

 

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