/ˌyo͞okəˈtastrəfē/ - when catastrophic circumstances are hijacked and some form of good triumphs. It's “the sudden joyous turn.” The eucatastrophe says that just when all hope appears to be lost, just when circumstances cannot get much bleaker, hope emerges.

This board design is Todd's quest to take a weapon of mass destruction and re-imagine it into a blueprint for accelerating new speeds into your surfboard. Illustrating how, at times, what was meant for evil can be used for good.

One shaper's quest to take a weapon of mass destruction and re-imagine it into a blueprint for accelerating new speeds into your surfboard. Illustrating how, at times, what was meant for evil can be used for good.

Inspiration to attain to; some recent cam rewinds extolling the eternal grommet-hood of Ricky Schaffer.

You’ve heard it said, “Ah the pro’s can ride anything...those guys could ride a door...they could rip on an ironing board.”
But what about, say, just a normal, core guy who loves to surf. What does equipment mean for them? Here’s a Surfline cam rewind follow up on the Zipstajet/Zipstitch hull design (from our last episode entitled “What was meant for evil”) with our athlete being a 51 year old Southern California male, who rips but is not pro, and who definitely spends his fair share of time in the water...because he simply loves surfing. This is Ricky from Oceanside surfing somewhere up in L.A.

What amazing places we can go when we have speed to burn. @petemendia inverted corkscrew in mid-orbit. photo: Lugo

Colton with a clean clicker at Zuma. 5'9" x 19 1/2" x 2 9/16" Zipstajet in ridiculite epoxy construction. Colton is 20-something, 6'0", 185 lb.

A new year converges while Damien Hobgood emerges from a crispy cavern.
5'8" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" 28L ZipstaJet photo: @hampositive

a Todd Proctor original shape & art

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shaper breakdown



The latest iteration of our most oft loved “Monsta” model; a favorite for many years. It uses the centerline rocker of the Zipstitch with the outline of a swallowtail Monsta, the exaggeratedly deep and multi-scalloped concaves of the Jetstream and four short channels running off the tail. A nitrous speeder with regulatable turbulence smoothing capacities at top speed … a board that never redlines, but the faster it goes the smoother she runs.

5’11” x 19 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ 33.3L for Ricky for SoCal pointbreaks. Ricky is 51/6’0″/185lb

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Ride this board same general sizing as da Monsta, 3-4 inches shorter and 1/2” wider than your standard good waves shortboard



Same as the swallow, but instead of using short channels with a swallowtail, it uses a flip in the rocker of the back fin complemented by a squashtail for a more snappier in the pocket controlled tail release feel in turns. Both boards are made out of our proprietary epoxy construction using strategic carbon reinforcements. Never outsourced / no popouts. Made by hand, custom, in the free world.


Great for more hold in the steeper part of the wave for drawing carving figure-eight turns and for increased hold in the barrel. The perfect power surfer/beachbreaks/reef breaks tail shape.

shaper’s note:

My current favorite all around high performance shortboard. Super fast, super drivey, makes everything fun. I just always grab this now everytime I surf.

Line out the door at the Zipstajet order counter, Oxnard branch.



Zipstajet popular dimensions

all boards can be completely customized during custom order process

Popular DimensionsVolumeRider Weight
4'7" x 17 3/4" x 1 3/4"16.85LRider weight: 40-80 lb / 18-36 kg
5'2" x 17 7/8" x 1 7/8"18.45LRider weight: 60-90 lb / 27-40kg
5’4” x 18 3/8” x 2 1/8”21.59LRider weight: 60-140 lb / 27-63 kg
5'5" x 18 5/8" x 2" 22.1LRider weight: 60-140 lb / 27-63 kg
5’6” x 18 7/8” x 2 1/8”23.6LRider weight: 70-145 lb / 31-65 kg
5’6” x 18 7/8” x 2 1/4”24.99LRider weight: 75-160 lb / 34-72 kg
5’7” x 19” x 2 1/4”25.4-26LRider weight: 145-165 lb / 65-75 kg
5’7” x 19” x 2 5/16”26.3LRider weight: 145-170 lb / 65-77 kg
5'8" x 19 1/4" x 2 5/16" (narrower nose)27LRider weight: 150-180 lb / 68-81 kg
5’8” x 19 1/4” x 2 5/16”28LRider weight: 155-185 lb / 70-3 kg
5'9" x 19 3/8" x 2 3/8"28.72LRider weight: 160-185 lb / 72-84 kg
5'9" x 19 1/2" x 2 3/8"30LRider weight: 160-190 lb / 72-86 kg
5'10" x 19 1/2" x 2 3/8" 29L+Rider weight: 160-195 lb / 72-88 kg
5'10" x 19 5/8" x 2 3/8"29L+Rider weight: 160-195 lb / 72-88 kg
5'11" x 19 1/2" x 2 3/8"28LRider weight: 165-190 lb / 74-86 kg
5'11" x 20" x 2 1/2"+33LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6'0" x 19 3/8" x 2 1/2" 30.8LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6'0" x 19 3/4" x 2 1/2"31.5LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6'0" x 20" x 2 1/2" tapered rail31.5LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6’0” x 19 7/8” x 2 1/2”33LRider weight: 170-200 lb / 77-91 kg
6'0" x 20 1/4" x 2 5/8" 33.7L+Rider weight: 170-200 lb / 77-91 kg
6'0" x 20 1/2" x 2 9/16"33LRider weight: 170-200 lb / 77-91 kg
6'0" x 20 1/4" x 2 7/8" full38.43LRider weight: 175-220 lb / 79-99 kg
6'1" x 19 1/2" x 2 1/2"31.77LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6'1" x 20 1/4" x 2 5/8"33.9LRider weight: 170-210 lb / 77-95 kg
6'2 x 19 3/8 x 2 3/8 30.7LRider weight: 165-195 lb / 74-88 kg
6'2" x 20 1/8" x 2 5/8" 32.8LRider weight: 170-210 lb / 77-95 kg
6'2" x 20 1/8" x 2 5/8" full34LRider weight: 170-210 lb / 77-95 kg
6’3” x 20 1/2” x 2 3/4” 35LRider weight: 170-210 lb / 77-95 kg
6’3” x 20 1/8” x 2 5/8” 35LRider weight: 170-210 lb / 77-95 kg
6'3 x 20 3/4" x 2 3/4"+39.29LRider weight: 180-240 lb / 81-108 kg
6'4" x 20" x 2 1/2" 34.58LRider weight: 170-210 lb / 77-95 kg
6'4" x 20 1/2" x 2 5/8"38LRider weight: 180-220 lb / 81-99 kg
6'5" x 20 1/4" x 2 3/4"38.36LRider weight: 180-220 lb / 81-99 kg
6'5" x 21 1/4" x 2 7/8"42.8LRider weight: 180-220 lb / 81-99 kg
6’6” x 21” x 2 5/8” 39LRider weight: 170-230 lb / 77-104 kg
6’6” x 21” x 2 3/4” 40.5LRider weight: 170-230 lb / 77-104 kg
6’8” x 21 1/2” x 3” 46.7LRider weight: 180-240 lb / 81-109 kg
6’10” x 20” x 2 5/8” (sleek)38.4LRider weight: 115-200 lb / 52-90 kg
7’0” x 21” x 3” step-up50LRider weight: 190-250+ lb / 86-113 kg
7’6” x 22” x 3 1/4”54.29LRider weight: 200-250+ lb / 90-113 kg

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In the works: hand painted resin color in fiberglass for Mick from Newport. A 6’4” x 20 1/2” x 2 7/8” 41.5L #Zipstajet slight step-up roundtail with #Pavarottisurfboard rocker and bottom. In poly construction. Mick is 6’2”, 208lbs. ripping for 30yrs.

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Stoked surfer reports: this just in >> “Stoked surfer feedback this just in: I love my new board! It’s so fast and buttery it’s my favorite board I’ve ever had!! Yeeeeew!” - Todd
6’0” 175lbs surfing for life
5’11” x 19 5/8” x 2 5/8” 33L #Zipstajet #ridiculite #proxyepoxy #swallowtail #surferfeedback

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Something in the way she moves:
5’10” x 19 1/2” x 2 1/2” #monstasurfboard v-1.3 #zipstajet 31.2L for Christian in the OC ... duplicate of his magic board with a swallowtail instead of squash this time con una matadora. Christian is 36/5’9”/190lb

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Here’s a board for Colton in Malibu: 6’0” x 19 1/4” x 2 9/16” 32L #zipstajet rocker with sleeked up stretched more shortboardy #monstasurfboard outline, accelerated HD caves, and boxy rails...combo platter. Colton is 20 something 6’1” 190 lbs surfing for life. ...

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OUR KIND....of people:
Larry and Larry over from Hawaii and fresh off the open road to grab up a coupla #pipsqueaksurfboard customs and order up a homegrown, American made #Zipstajet

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Stoked surfer reports >> this just in: (From a previous post regarding a 5’10” x 19 1/2” x 2 1/2” 31.2L duplicate of a magic #Monstasurfboard v-1.3 / #Zipstajet (top board) but this time we went with a swallowtail and short channels off the tail - bottom board)...”Wow is all I can say!! I was finally able to ride this board, on this last Cali swell. Went to a local Newport spot where mick fanning was spotted. 4’-6’ beach break barrels on tap. First wave - the board stuck, flew and released when I wanted it to. Now my confidence peaked, I felt as if I was on drugs I was so stoked. This board is beyond magic. After our session a buddy says to me “man, that’s the best I’ve ever seen you surf, you were so confident, charging and ripping”. Having confidence is such a huge part of surfing - like 50/50 confidence and ability. 🙌🏻 thx proctor!! That’s a review btw - I think every surfer should own this board, it’s a well rounded shredding machine!!!” —Christian 36/5’9”/190lb #surferfeedback
One day at a time, one board at a time, one surfer at a time #equippingyouforthejourney #thejourneyisthedestination

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Duplicating and resizing favorite such a thing possible?
This 16 year old kid Riley had a favorite / magical 5’9” x 19” x 2 5/16” #Zipstajet. He progressed by leaps and bounds on it, and loved it so much that even though he grew like a weed and is now two years older, two inches taller and 15 pounds heavier, both him and his dad agreed, “We want the exact same board, but in a 5’11” x 19 1/4” x 2 3/8” version”...but with the same exact glassing schedule, rocker, concaves, rail shape, etc...we even want the same artwork.” But can that really be done? What if that exact size is not a model that is on offer? >> Well, that’s one of the many reasons the custom design process is so rad. Not only can you nail down exactly what works for you I.e. which model and customized tweaks, but also as you grow physically and/ or progress in your surfing, you can get adjustments and tune-ups to what is already working for you. This is possible by keeping accurate detailed records of every board. We keep all the details backed up on a database going back 18 years on every client. I also use a CNC / CAD design program that allows me to build boards from the ground up; not a scanner or duplicating machine, but a designers system for creating from scratch, creating proven models and evolving them continuously, moving the design process forward, advancing the ways boards function.
Too many times I’ve heard from surfers’ I’ve not worked with yet saying, “I had this one board a long time ago from this other company that worked really good for me, but they stopped making that model, and now I’ve had like twenty different boards from all different companies and none of them seem to fit me...I don’t really care anymore about this and that guys signature board model, I just want a board that works for me.” >> And that’s why we work one on one with people: one board at a time, one day at a time, one surfer at a time. Handmade in the free world.

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Stoked surfer reports: this just in >> “. . . Dialing in my new Zipstahet. Thanks Todd & Charissa!” —Kristina 32/5’3”/130lb 5’8” x 19 1/4”+ x 2 7/16” 29L #zipstajet #surferfeedback ...

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...and the deck #Zipstajet ...

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#Zipstajet 5’11” x 19 3/4” x 2 5/8” 33.3L in ridiculite epoxy with strategic carbon reinforcements. For my good friend Erik from Venice who loves getting pitted and frontside hacks in bowly Oxnard beachbreaks. ...

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Two things that have never happened before:
I’ve been surfing Malibu since I was 12 years old; it’s where I learned to surf and caught my first waves. Back when the best part of the wave was consistently up at second and third points, and first was the weak end part of the wave that was always two feet smaller. Back then there was a posse and angry 2nd and 3rd point locals that would yell at you if you did anything wrong and tell people to “Go down to first point with the rest of the kooks!” (It was actually a daily occurring phrase back in the 80’s). Now, I think due to special interest forcing the creek to be re-routed from its natural outlet up at the top of the point, the creek’s sand flow has been altered from its God created order and the point has become diminished significantly from its former glory. Now it seems all that breaks is first point with any machine-like consistency and has become the singular last vestage for a consistent “Malibu” experience. I have never had much luck getting a wave to myself on my shortboards at first point. Big boards that glide in early and people that don’t look and just go; it’s a pretty mad scene. There’s some people who have got it figured like Allen and Ricky and Andy, but they are the anomalies. But the other day miracle of miracles, somehow I got one. Nothing super special but it went for a bit and I had one to myself. (the third set wave out the back). First point is still a pretty weak cruisy wave, but still a really fun wave. When I woke the next day I thought maybe I dreamt it, so I did something else I never do; I went to Surfline cam rewind looking for my wave. It felt weird new territory for me for sure as I prefer my surfing to be captured in my mind so I can stay stoked on ‘that fun feeling’ rather than a critique of what I shoulda done better; one of the perks of being a shaper and not a pro surfer. So two nevers in one day...and please no critiquing.
5’11” x 19 3/4” x 2 5/8” 33.3L #Zipstajet in ridiculite epoxy construction. Todd is 46, 6’0”, 175-ish.

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Dane’s three pak: (left-to-right) 5’5” x 19 3/8” x 2 5/16” 26.5L #Monstroscillous with #jetstreamsurfboard bottom, 5’7” x 19 1/8” x 2 1/4+ 26L #Zipstajet, 5’9” x 18 7/8” x 2 5/16” 26.5L #Monstapig...all in teamlite epoxy construction with high density foam stringers. For all things San Diego. Dane is 5’9”, 165lbs. ...

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One of a three-pak for Dane for SD. 5’7” x 19 1/8” x 2 1/4”+ 26L #Zipstajet in teamlite epoxy with high density foam stringer. Dane is 33, 5’9” 165lbs. ...

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Just shaped it: Board #2 out of a three board quiver for Dane from San Diego. This is the mid-range board in the quiver, a 5’7” x 19” x 2 5/16” 26.5L squashtail #Zipstajet out of teamlite epoxy with a high density foam stringer, #jetstreamsurfboard hydrofoilesque heavy concaves, inset sluicebox duals and four short channels off the tail block. Dane is 5’9”, 160lbs lifer. ...

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5’11” x 19 1/4” x 2 7/16” 28.2L #Zipstajet in teamlite epoxy construction using a high density foam stringer. For Riley in San Diego age 17, 6’0”, 170lbs. shredcat.

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Here’s a 6’1” x 20 1/4” x 2 9/16” 33.9L Monsta v-1.3 / #Zipstajet for Emily who is 31, 5’6” and’s her first shortboard graduating from a 7’0” funshape. #monstasurfboard ...

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