Surfboards by Donald Takayama Model-T Review

What the Surfboards by Donald Takayama site says about the Model-T:

‘This design is the most well-rounded and versatile of Donald’s classic retro line. With a broad, easy noserideable nose, and wide, surprisingly loose tail, this board is what every one of Donald’s team riders has in their competitive quiver. With its 60/40 rails, single fin, square tail and volan cloth, this board is the perfect compliment to Donald’s R-Pin Retro. Where the R-Pin Retro excels in shoulder high and bigger surf, the Model T’s perfection lies in waves from shoulder high to ankle small.’

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Image Source: surfboardsbydonaldtakayama.com

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What people are saying about it:

Versatile noserider with 60/40 rails and a single fin. Donald has refined this over many years. Good for waves from ankle to shoulder high. A classic shape.” – reviewsurfboards.com

I give this a 5 because Donald is a master shaper and knows how to shape a board that works. The Model T is a great mix of old school with the more modern rail and rocker and a great concave that I really dig. This board covers all the bases that a board this size can, it turns good, rides the waves nice and finds the pocket and of course rides the nose with the best of them.” – user on the nose on reviewsurfboards.com

Best noserider I ever owned. Great glass job. Truly a magical board. Smooth, smooth, smooth… smoothest ride ever!” – user David Lutz reviewsurfboards.com

One of Donald’s retro classic longboard designs that everyone on his team enjoys riding. Versatile with a broad, easy to ride nose, wide loose tail, it’s perfect for low to shoulder-high waves. Soft 60/40 rails, single fin, square tail with a drawn-out concave.” – Mitch’s Surf Shop

In a word, beautifully. I was expecting the board to be a bit unwieldy, given the size, but it was actually quite easy to ride. My first outing with it was at Blackies on a rather fast day, not really conducive to noseriding, what the board was made specifically to do. I actually was surprised how the board handled in the punchier surf.” – user jb virata on Waves and Ways

Size Chart:

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