What we get stoked on here at Proctor Surfboards is building relationships…making the board that’s right for you.
No pop-outs. No outsourcing. No marketing team.
What you see is who we are.
Every surfboard has a story. Every surfer has a story.
Shaping custom surfboards for 25 years… Todd’s story.
Daily interaction, innovation, and inspiration.
No compromise on quality.
Not making a scene, making a difference.
Remember – the best surfers in the world are the ones having the most fun! It’s your board . . . talk to the shaper.
What is unique about the boards you shape?
I believe that true success is marked by how well you identify with the individual surfer. By going on a journey of discovery I guess you could say with each and every person I make boards for. Finding out what is going to be the best possible board for them. To take each person as a separate entity, one at a time, case by case; By asking the right questions, and really listening to them…the reality is that it is possible to take all the current design elements out there, and narrow them down to produce that perfect, magic board for each person wanting to take their experience to the next level. For this, I do not lock myself into one type or style of board for one particular cross-section of surfer(s), but draw from all that has come before design-wise and keep an open mind ready to receive downloads from the creator of all things as to what is around the next bend….and at the end of each day, my goal and what is unique about the boards I shape, is that my ultimate desire is to be a blessing to people by giving them something one-of-a-kind for their own journey. For me, board models are just the beginning, the starting place, the jumping off points that commence a beautiful journey.
the journey is the destination…
…equipping you for the journey
What’s your shaping philosophy?
Watch, feel, listen, create. Watch what the waves are doing so you can match the appropriate curves of a board’s design to the curve of each specific wave. Feel what the boards are doing under your feet; this is as valuable as second-hand feedback. Listen to each person that is ordering a board from me as if they are as important as the best surfer in the world. Create what is going to be the best board for that surfer by matching up the design of the board to the specific waves they are surfing and their abilities. A magic board will take you beyond what you are expecting to do on a wave….a magic board will feel like it is actually thinking a split hair second ahead of you; already on it’s way to the places you wanna be.
We believe that a board is not just “a board”. We believe it is so much more…
an instrument; a tune; a phrase that finds its balance; it’s peace from the one-ness it harnesses with the rhythms of the ocean.
There is something special and otherworldly about a specifically tuned, finely crafted instrument that cannot be mass-produced.
So what is it that truly brings forth that “at-one-ment” we all desire?
A thoughtful creator’s hand that cares about ultimate personal enrichment. The kind of personal enrichment who’s rays splay out beyond the self; warming and blessing those in their path.
Have you ever seen an athlete who did not commit to a regimen, strive and train for weeks, months, years – yet still achieve the place of highest honor and receive the great reward?
Have you ever experienced wholesome, life-giving gourmet from McDonalds?
Have you ever seen a Stadivarius violin being sold for $10.00 at the Tijuana border crossing? No, that’s because every part of the violin had a purpose and intent in mind for its final recipient. From its resonance, to its weight, to the strength of its neck and back…its strings…to its color and aesthetic appeal as a cherished signal of glorious sound and marvelous beauty. So, I ask you this, will we see this kind of thing on every street corner?
My goal is not to “make as many boards as I possibly can”, or to “dominate the market”, or have “a strategic business model”.
For me, it is much more than a job, it is a calling, and with a calling the main goal is blessing and enriching surfers’ lives through personal interaction, custom design, and highest quality craftsmanship.
My desire is the creation of something sacred that will be cherished because of how it stokes the stoke of those who experience something beyond the norm.
Who is your biggest shaping influence?
My dad. He was actually a police officer, but he taught me the importance of honor and courage in this world, and the value of being able to stand alone for what you believe in, and to always do your best and that the true and right path requires endurance.