Takayama, Donald

Baby-faced surfer and board shaper originally from Waikiki, Hawaii; runner-up in the 1966 and 1967 United States Surfboard Championships; founder of Hawaiian Pro Designs surfboards. "A wild little critter," fellow boardmaker Bob McTavish said of Takayama, full of "great humility and incredible humor."

Takayama was born (1943) and raised in Honolulu, began surfing at age seven and shaping surfboards shortly after. He's often cited as the sport's original, and maybe greatest, child phenomenon:...