Donald Takayama

North County, San Diego, 2008

I named it “Velzyland,” because I worked for Velzy, and because I always wanted to go to Disneyland.

"First Person: Donald Takayama" was recorded by Scott Hulet, and published in the December 2008 issue of Surfer's Journal. Takayama was 65 years old. * * * EARLY DAYS I went through Waikiki Elementary School—not to it—on the way to the beach every day. I was riding paipo boards, standing up on them. After about three months of 1st grade, my mom asked me for a report card and I said, “What’s that...

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