Donald Takayama Memorial Paddle Out

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The Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheater in Oceanside, CA. played host to Donald Takayama's memorial and paddle out. Photo: Checkwood


This past saturday the surfing community paid respect to renowned surfer/shaper Donald Takayama with a memorial and ceremonial paddle out. Despite pounding four-to-six foot surf and howling winds, hundreds made the paddle out alongside the Oceanside Pier and many more lined the pier. Donald held a special place in the heart of thousands and forever will be remembered as an icon of surfing and ambassador of the aloha spirit. Rest in peace DT!