Proctor Apache Surfboard Review – Concave Deck, Oh My!
The most noticeable thing about the Proctor Apache is its concave deck. This means that if you lay the board flat, the middle stringer is lower than the outer rails. You definitely don’t see that on many other surfboards!
It’s like this board gets its inspiration from skateboard decks.
Here’s a breakdown from the shaper himself, Todd Proctor:
When you remove foam from the deck for a concave like this, it brings your feet closer to the water than a flat or convex deck would.
Some surfers say paddling on a board like this is easier because your chest and stomach fit on the board better. Others say a concave deck is easier to balance on. And many surfers say this type of board gives you a feeling of “one-ness” with the wave.
But the concave deck isn’t the only interesting thing about the Apache. It also has channels on the bottom of the tail.
Channels make a surfboard faster, because of how they create lift, and because of how they accelerate water flow. But when a channel is too deep, the board can be really susceptible to chop on the water.
Also, when a channel is straight, that makes the board want to go straight. The Apache channels are really unique because they are curved and shallow. The curve means that the board can actually maneuver, and do things other than go straight. And the shallow depth of the channels means the board won’t completely shut down when the conditions get messy.
What all that means is that this board is abnormally versatile when you compare it to other boards with channels that only work when the waves are good and glassy.
To add to the list of un-normal things with this board, you’ll also find step-rails towards the rear. This produces long arcing turns, but allows you to break loose if you push it hard enough.
It’s a great board for turns and speed in waves that are anywhere from ankle to shoulder high. Plus, it’s definitely a more “exotic” board, and sure to be a conversation starter! (If you’re into that)