Vintage 1976 Donald Takayama Surfboard New Image board - What's it worth?

Discussion in 'Surfboards and Surfboard Design' started by miguelitos, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. miguelitos

    miguelitos New Member

    Feb 10, 2016
    Hello amigos,

    I scored this board from an antique store in Long Beach, made some fins for it (it has two long board fin tracks - old school twinny).

    I was heading to a paddle out in Venice one day and a guy at the surfshop flagged me down and said he had a similar board, and he thought I was crazy to be surfing something so valuable. Apparently it was shaped by Donald Takayama when he was shaping at Surfing's New Image with fellow superstars Ben Aipa, Mike Slingerland, and Rick Hamon. 00O0O_aaPsd83E6v9_600x450.jpg 00d0d_9THb237s7FB_600x450.jpg 00K0K_xJI7Uyvsh9_50x50c.jpg 00j0j_4V2om12S6lF_600x450.jpg

    Intrigued, but with more stoke than greed, I had a great session at the breakwater. Since then I've only taken it out a few times, and every time it paddled like a penguin and rode with so much old-schooly fun.

    However, the question still remains - how much is this beauty valued at outside of its amazing surfability? It looks like a one off and it has several unique channels on the tail which probably make it pretty memorable. Obviously I don't think that the Roadrunner on the bottom was properly licensed. Shhh....

    Any thoughts amigos?

    Last edited: Feb 10, 2016
  2. CJsurf

    CJsurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2014
    Condition is very poor. It doesn't look like the deck colors are original in the pictures. Board is probably from between 1979 and 1982 time frame. Honestly, I wouldn't pay more than $50 for it.

    On a side note.....this past July I came across my very first surfboard for sale on Craigslist which was also a Surfings New Image almost 30 years to the day from the day I had traded it in to get a new board back in 1985. I rode this board from 1982 to 1985. I drove an hour and a half and paid $100 for it. Still in very good original condition with the original fins and leash but significant sunburn on the deck side. Just a pure luck score to randomly pull up craigslist and find the board I traded in 30 years earlier as one of the first listings on the page. Couldn't drive there fast enough to get it.

    I only paid $100 for it because of my personal connection to it. Quite frankly I would have paid $1,000 for it. Just to have it back in my collection. The bottom line is with any isn't worth a single penny more than what you can find someone willing to fork over the cash and pay for it. The real question is can you find the person willing to pay the number.

    Picture of me with it 30 or 31 years apart.

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2016

  3. ratred

    ratred Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    I would be in the $50 to $100 range if I was buying it. Just curious, how do you know donald t shaped it? is there a signature?
  4. Big Wet Monster

    Big Wet Monster Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    I would buy and restore. Lots of sanding.
  5. Exit98

    Exit98 Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    You couldnt squeeze into those shorts again?
  6. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014
    damn.... that's pretty cool
  7. garbanzobean

    garbanzobean Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    Really cool SNI there CJ. Amazing we wore those shorts in the day. 2 inch inseams and skinny white boy thighs are terrifying. I double dog dare you to dig out those britches & muscle shirt (bet you still have 'em don't you) and hit a session with that old brown sled.

    That Takayamalamadingdong looks pretty beat. Wonder if the color work is original or added on later? Whatever you paid for it is what it is worth unless the roadrunner dude sees this then you can ask $1000 for it because he will pay. Looks kind of fun and slippy-slidey-loose.
  8. miguelitos

    miguelitos New Member

    Feb 10, 2016
    That's amazing! Time machine.

    Thanks for the info.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2016