Guy Takayama Foundation promotes the educational advancement and the creative and healing arts in local communities by providing scholarships to deserving youths while preserving and promoting the history, heritage and culture of the sport of surfing.
About Guy Takayama
In the tradition of his uncle, Donald, and father, Raymond, Guy Takayama began surfing, competing, and shaping boards at an early age. He won the International World Championship in 1989 and 2005, and many in the surfing community consider his hand-shaped boards the “Ferrari of surfboards.” His dramatic “art boards” are testament to his considerable artistic talents, his love for the ocean, and his reverence for his culture.
Purpose of the Guy Takayama Foundation
The Guy Takayama Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of California (“California Nonprofit Corporation Law”) exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The specific purposes of the Guy Takayama Foundation include organizing, holding, and managing surfing contests and other surfing-related events and engaging in similar activities, either by themselves or in association with other nonprofit organizations, to raise funding to promote the heritage, culture and sport of surfing and to make education opportunities available to under-privileged youth in local communities.
Among organizations supported by the Guy Takayama Foundation are the El Camino High School Surfing Club, Scholastic Surf Series, California Surf Museum, Surf Heritage and Cultural Center, Surfrider Foundation, Groundswell Society, Stella Maris Surfing Association, Best Day Foundation, Light House of the Blind, USCD Moores Cancer Center and the Wounded Warrior Project.
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