Folly Beach Surf Lessons' Instructor Bios

Ellison Thomas DOB: May 8th, 1989

Ellison’s love affair with surfing started when his father pushed him into his first wave at age 10, at the same beach he calls home today. It was the feeling of that first wave that would lead him to want to share his experience with others and provide them with the same stoke he felt on that unforgettable summer day. While his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina has nurtured his love for the sport, his passion has led him all over the world in search of new waves and outlooks on life. With the spiritual side of surfing taking precedent over competitions, he set off to chase perfect waves in Australia, Nicaragua, California and Hawaii. Since 2008, Ellison has committed himself to teaching and sharing his love for surfing at his home break Folly Beach to give back that same positive feeling that started it all. To maintain an active and healthy lifestyle he started the Folly Beach Surf Lesson company where he continues to spread the stoke.

Bryant Thomas DOB: March 26th, 1992

Bryant Thomas grew up surfing in Charleston, South Carolina at a little place called the Washout. Competing in amateur and professional events since the age of 14, he solidified himself in 2012 when he won the South Carolina State Championships. After his short stint in competing he hunkered down in a dark room to study film production at Trident Technical College. During this time the 18-year-old shot, edited and produced his first local surf film, Waves in Our Pocket, with the help of his brothers. Soon after Bryant hit the road to work on his sophomore film effort, Look to the Tropics, which he released in October 2012 at the ripe old age of 20. Over the last few years he has worked as a freelance videographer, focusing primarily on professional surfing where his desire to put clips in the can has led him to Australia, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Hawaii. Whenever he is not out of the country, you can find him on the shores of Folly Beach teaching the sport that has given him everything.