Ellis, Bryce

Easygoing Australian regularfoot pro surfer from Avoca Beach, New South Wales; world-ranked #10 in 1989. Ellis was born (1964) in Sydney, raised in nearby Avoca, and began surfing at age 10, after a congenital kidney defect (later surgically corrected) kept him from playing football. He was the juniors division winner in both the 1982 Australian National Titles and the World Surfing Championships.

Ellis turned pro in 1984, after completing a two-year plumber apprenticeship, and was named the...