Welcome on the SUNFLOWER surfboards website, surfer and shaper Ellis ERICSON
from Australia. .
Ellis Ericson is always on some kind of mission to find epic waves. He’s originally from Byron Australia, but lives now in Bali. A place where Ellis feels he can be creative and non-restricted. Living in Bali also serves as the perfect testing ground for Ellis to fine-tune his surfboard designs.
“Not retro. Don’t say retro.”
Ellis picked up his shaping skills and talent from his father Bruce Ericson, a renown shaper from the 70′s. “I’d always been around shaping surfboards as my father Bruce has always been a shaper. He made my boards and would drill me to fix my own dings, wet sand my board. But the first board I shaped by myself unassisted was around February 2009.”
Ever since Ellis has been working hard to master the traditional art of hand shaping under his own label Sunflower Surfboards, melting modern and classic influences with his shapes and his surfing.
”The history of shaping and designs past gets me going. Inspirations come from everywhere and happen nearly everyday. I’m always seeing something, looking at older boards such as a few of my dad’s or MP’s (Michael Peterson) for his volume distribution, fin placements and templates. But also from some new boards, subtle little things like a nice tail or fin set-up that looks inviting. I’m most grateful to have a surfing ability that allows me to test my boards to their potential, and that I have been passed the knowledge to create a good surfboard with my own hands.”
Visiting the UWL workshop, you can now reserve your shape !