about the shaper
the story of an american surfboard factory
todd proctor bio
a word about the shaper
I caught the surfing bug in the 80’s as a skinny young kid. My mom would take me to the beach as a grom and once that stoke hit I surfed pretty much every day all day. I grew up surfing California’s point breaks in northern L.A. County, Ventura and Santa Barbara. After high school I spent some years on the road traveling; surfing all over Australia, South Africa, Hawaii and Mexico.
Shaping grew out of my love for surfing.
No matter where I happened to be, when the swell dropped off, I would manage to find myself at all the back woods shaping rooms hanging out and seeing all about boards and what makes ‘em tick.
I shaped my first boards in a shed in my grandpa’s back yard in 1991 and shortly after got my first job finishing off pre-shapes for McCrystal Surfboards in Oxnard, CA.
I started my own label on the side in ’92 shaping boards for friends, people I surfed with and friends of friends.
I was offered a job shaping full time in San Clemente with Lost Surfboards in ’94 where “I would get my own shaping room and have the freedom to hand shape…as many boards as I want…and get to keep my label on the side”…oh boy! I thought, what could be better than that….so I packed up and moved. Working on different design ideas with Matt Biolos and shaping boards for various tour and team riders helped to hone my design and hand shaping skills…and was a lot of fun.
After awhile my heart longed for the open country and long points of Ventura,
and the vision of a state-of-the-art board operation there. I opened the doors of the factory in 2000 and have been dedicated to building boards that move ever forward with the changing face of performance surfing; Boards built with the best quality in mind, and always looking for fresh, new, innovative ideas in materials and design.
God has blessed me with a supportive wife that works alongside me and a fine crew that has the same level of care and desire to put out the best boards we are capable of.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24