Originally from Australia but now spending majority of his days hiding out on Indonesia atolls with his girlfriend Niah, Ellis is always on some mission or quest to find epic waves. Driven to insanity by weather maps and potential swells he spends hours trawling the coast of where ever he may be, pepped up on cheap coffee, Nasi goreng and the allure of that next bay, reef pass or google earth 'white wash' formation. The chase never ends for seclusion and uncharted ocean. Other parts of the year you may find him in his art studio/shaping bay 'planer in hand' plowing away at some foam, creating new boards for himself and friends. Working with his long time shaper Father Bruce Ericson , Ellis longs to master the traditional art of hand shaping a surfboard, he predominately works on designs from the early 70's under his own label 'Sunflower Surfboards'. Being a firm believer in the artistic side of shaping, he and good friend Al Knost par take in exhibiting there surfboard designs and Aesthetics in a gallery type shows across the US and Internationally.