We believe that a board is not just a board. We believe it’s so much more –
an instrument, a tune, a phrase that finds its balance and its peace from the oneness it harnesses with the rhythms of the ocean. Like a stradivarius violin, there is something special and otherworldly about a specifically tuned, finely crafted instrument that cannot be mass-produced.

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.

a word from the shaper


one board can drastically transform your surfing experience … a surfboard is unlike any other kind of sports equipment, otherworldly energy, like tapping into something spiritual from beyond
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I believe a magic board is as important and life-changing to the working-class surfer’s journey as it is to the best surfers in the world…
. . . where the connections we make with people are as important to us as the custom boards we build for them . . .
–Todd Proctor

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A Cali one-board-quiver by Proctor celebrates its 10 yr. birthday.

Three friends, a shaping room, some board banter, and kinetic surfing pepper this remembrance of the first of its kind. Although this shape has undergone many iterations throughout the years, the original design has retained a fond and relevant longevity.


When waves with more power call for stepping up without increasing board length. The first part of this video features powerhouse Peter Mendia doing surgery in the Indian Ocean on his 6’1” x 19 1/4” x 2 5/8” 32L Shalomic Intervention. Pete is 6’2”/195 lbs.
The second part of this video features Australian style guru Jarrah Tutton hucking buckets at a thumpy sandbank in Oz riding his 6’0” x 19” x 2 9/16” 29.5L Holy Roller. Jarrah is 6’0”/175 lbs.

Pete & Jarrah demonstrating in the types of waves these shapers are designed for:

A board engineered specifically for bigger guys and / or power surfers .

Watch Todd break down the concept:
photo by: Jen Bell

A board story illustrating how the connections we make with people are as important as the custom boards we build for them.


"Today was the first day that I actually had a chest high plus wave to ride on the Zorch. It was phenomenal! It’s normally a challenge to go backside on a board this short! I took off on a right and it stacked up with a pretty aggressive line in front of me. All I can say to explain what happened is: Falcon Heavy SpaceX blastoff! I’ve never, EVER in my 43 years of surfing experienced anything quite like this. It took of and went ballistic, supersonic! I was able to turn this board today like I never dreamed I could. I also just tried out the AU fins on it. And interesting futuristic fin for a futuristic board! "

– Chris

4’8” x 22” x 2 5/8” 38L

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By custom surfboard we mean that Todd will take the time to consult with you directly, finding out about your surfing journey, profile, target conditions, current level of experience, and surfing goals in order to determine with you which board model, dimensions, construction, and other specs will most effectively meet your needs and equip you for your best possible surfing journey.

While Todd does design many “concept” or one-off boards specifically for a certain individual surfers, this “custom order” does not necessarily entail that.  The vast majority of the time it simply involves having him guide you into the right board for you based on his 27 years of experience working with a wide variety of surfers and his expertise on how his shapes work and which configuration of ingredients will translate to your particular needs and situation.

Many surfers say, “I’m not good enough to need a custom board”. The truth is that having Todd walk with you through detailing your board to be right for you is equally as important to the beginner, intermediate or seasoned surfer at any stage of their surfing progression, enhancing the stoke you enjoy during those precious hours in the waves.


Our custom boards are the same price as the stock boards. We simply believe in offering direct interaction with Todd in detailing your board if you so desire.

We are committed to making highest quality, custom surfboards, manufactured from start to finish in our factory in Ventura, CA. Surfboards built by hand in the USA, using highest grade materials, are more costly and labor intensive to produce. Yet, this is the model that enables the shaper to maintain essential hands-on interaction with the design and production process, and which sustains the synergy of shaper and surfer for the best possible equipment.

How does a custom surfboard order work?

  1. Todd will detail all aspects of your board design, model, dimensions, specs, fins, graphics, and go over any details you desire such as rocker, hull contours, tail shape, rail volume, etc during this consultation & collaborate with you to get you dialed into the board that’s ideal for you. If you wish to discuss custom graphics please make sure to e-mail us examples of anything you want to reference during the phone call ahead of time. You can browse our art galleries here for ideas. Please be prepared to finalize all details of your custom order during this single one-on-one with Todd as we do not make changes to custom orders after the fact and this is the time during which Todd will be completely focused on your personal surfing journey, preferences & goalsConsults typically run 10-30 minutes & are limited to a maximum of 30 minutes.
  2. Don’t overthink it. Todd has been custom tuning boards for individual surfers of all experience levels in all sorts of conditions worldwide for 27 years & will ask you the questions he needs to know to properly advise you. Just make sure you answer honestly. The more info you provide to us about what you are riding now (ie. full dimensions/volume if available, etc) and your personal surfing journey, the better. Any questions you want to discuss with him we recommend having written up in a list that you email over or have in front of you so you won’t forget.
  3. Custom orders are started with a down payment of 50%. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMEX, DEBIT/CHECK CARD, money orders, zelle bank transfers, wire transfers, and cash. All sales are final & down payment is non-refundable.
  4. Charissa will process your down payment and e-mail you a detailed sales order & work order showing the board specifications, and payment & shipping information so you will have copies of all of this for your own records. You will also receive an invite to our customer portal where you can setup a password associated with your e-mail address and can access your board history and profile with Proctor Surfboards at anytime. You can also message us from within the portal and process payments. 
  5. Custom orders are completed in approximately 4-12+ weeks, depending on a variety of variables. We offer various rush expedite options for those who need a guaranteed turnaround. Standard turnaround time estimates are approximate & may fluctuate in order to maintain our vision for quality & precision. We will call or e-mail you when your board is nearly finished. At that time we will process final payment and arrange for pickup or shipping, depending upon your preference.

    If you’re eager to snap up a board on the quick & don’t want to wait for a custom detailed directly with Todd, you can purchase from this collection of stock boards regularly going through our production for the showroom. You’ll be able to select from curated popular models, options & dims to get what you want with a general lead time of approximately 2 weeks.

  6. Feel free to check in with Charissa at any time regarding the status of your custom order or with questions about accessories, the board, shipping, or anything else we can help you with. We offer a full line of board bags, tail pads, fins, leashes, ding repair, etc. You can add on surf accessories to your custom board order at a 20% discount.

how to get your board

ordering options

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Todd will take the time to discuss your surfing journey & profile with you, using his 27 years of experience to guide you into your next ideal board, determining which configuration of ingredients will best suit your particular needs and target conditions.

buy off the floor

Duplicates of our most magical boards from over the years & models we do a bunch of with positive feedback from a broad cross-section of all kinds of surfers. An outlet to your “I need a magic board and I need it now!” desires.

1-2 week stock option

A wide variety of our most proven & popular shapes available for “stock quick” purchase in the online shop. You choose from a more curated collection of custom options during checkout. These boards take approximately 1-2 weeks to build.

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