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[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]ボブ・ディランの”Blowin’ In The Wind”(「風に吹かれて」)がリリースされた1963年5月、一人の日系三世の若者がホビーのサーフボードを片手に羽田空港に降りた。彼の名前はタック・カワハラ。日本では、まだサーフィンというものをほとんどの人が知らない時、タックが送った一通の手紙に同意し、これから日本の若者達が、きっとこのスポーツの虜になるだろうと思い、その夢に投資した男が日本にいた。実業家・米沢市兵衛だ。その二人が数々の苦難を乗り越え、夢をかなえ誕生したマリブ サーフボードのストーリーを描く。
波乗りをしたこともなく、波乗りの板を作ったこともなく、波乗りの楽しみも知らない米沢市兵衛。そして、異国で自分の夢であるサーフボードブランドを作りあげた日系三世のタック・カワハラ。この二人の名前を日本のサーファーは、しっかりと記憶しておかなければならない。なぜなら、彼らは、日本で最初にアメリカのテクノロジーで作られたサーフボードをつくり普及させた「日本サーフィンの父」だからだ。[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]In May of 1963, about the time Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” was released, a young 3rd generation Nikkei surfer landed at Haneda Airport with his Hobie surf board and a dream.

His name was Tak・Kawahara.

At the time hardly anyone in Japan had ever heard of surfing, but Tak was convinced this unknown sport would soon captivate the country’s youth. He sent a collaboration proposal to an imaginative business man who somehow understood and agreed to invest in this young man’s dream. That man was Ichibe Yonezawa.

This chapter illustrates how they endured and overcame many hardships together; and how they finally created the “Malibu” surfboard and fulfilled their mutual dream.

Tak also renamed Katsuura ‘s “Tatto no hana” beach in Chiba, “Malibu” since its rolling waves so closely resembled those of his California hometown.

This stretch of coast would later become a major focal point in surfing after the launch of the World Championship Tour competitions; and Tak and Yonezawa built a beach house in the Katsuura area.

These partners set about compiling surfing rules, techniques, terminology, etc. into a small magazine to spread surfing knowhow and culture to the youth population.

They launched the “Yonezawa Plastics” surfboard brand and quickly adopted the cutting-edge division-of-labor production techniques introduced by American surfboard makers. And thus Japan’s first authentic domestic surfboard, the “Malibu”, was born.
Additionally, they started modeling standard U.S. surfboards and soon released their “Achiever” and “Competitor” lines.

Yonezawa never made a surfboard in his life or ever even savored surfing’s joys personally.

3rd generation Nikkei Tak Kawahara had long envisioned creating a successful surfboard brand and brought that vision to fruition in a faraway land.

These two men are true “founding fathers of Japanese surfing”. They were the first in Japan to create and popularize modern surfboards made with American technology and should never be forgotten by the country’s surfer community.