Ferral is all about living outside of the box and an attitude of non conformity to society’s dictations. We strive to uplift the craft of surfboard building keeping alive the traditions of the craft and in doing so honoring the past masters. 

We encourage surfers to keep it real and be in harmony with the wave as one should be in harmony with life and to honor mother nature who provides us with the amazing natural phenomena we call waves. 

My name is Anton Butler I was born on the 28 of March 1965 and have just turned 50 years old I started in the industry about 30 years ago under the watchful eye of one of South Africa’s best waterman, Jonathan Paarman who at the age of 60 is still tearing the waves up in Cape St Francis. Jonathan taught me everything I know about  hand shaping and became my close friend and mentor over the years. I was also influenced and had the honor of learning first hand from one of the first board builders in South Africa, John Whitmore (The Oom). I started my own Label in 1990 called Lazy B surfboards and built it up into one of the biggest labels in the Western Cape over the those following 10 years, with over 5000 boards hand shaped for some of the best surfers in S.A. at the time. For 3 of those years we did extensive export to Europe under the Lazy B label. I also acquired the rights to manufacture the Xanadu Label for South Africa and did so for 6 Years. I took a sabbatical and travelled extensively over the following years to all parts of the world some of the travel was surf orientated other parts exploration and cultural. During this time I still shaped on and off under the Lazy B label. In 2000 I got back into the industry full time and worked together with DVG, we built up a great friendship and working relationship over the the next 15 years. During this time DVG bought a CNC machine which worked on the Shape 3D software designed specifically for designing surfboards. I have now 10 years of design experience on shape 3D software which has added another dimension to my shaping. 3 Years ago I started the Ferral label, it all stemmed from the fact that in the modern era of board building I felt that the art of hand shaping was being lost so I decided to get back to my roots and in doing so build some of the surfboards that used to be ridden in the bygone era’s of surfing using the board building techniques that were used in those days such as resin tinting and polished finishes. 1 Year ago I left the Factory at Kommetjie with DVG and opened up the Ferral shop in Observatory we have the shop front with the factory behind.

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