Being a freshwater fulla, going to Bells Beach to record a documentary about the 2015 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles was a particularly emotional journey for me.
A freshwater fulla is from inland - where the rivers are. On this trip, I met my saltwater brothers and sisters.
Torquay was a gathering place. It was a meeting place for us to come together. Whoever made it was meant to be there.
I'm grateful for my upbringing and that I've never changed my way - my Mungindi way. But going to this surfing event was about the appreciation of meeting other brothers and where they're from.
- Steve Ellis
When I go onto another mob's country I speak to their ancestors. I let them know that I respect the land I'm on, and I hope they accept me into their country, and I come here with respect. I don't say that verbally or out loud. I say it in spirit. I ask them to guide me through their country.
In this particular trip, I felt that the spirits were guiding me on that journey. Guiding me to learn about this land, about this country, and these brothers.
The highlights from the finals
Editor: James Falconer Marshall
Documentary Cinematographer: Paul Warren
Grade: Matt Edmond
Surf Coverage: Sports Film (Multi cam), Wes Greene (Water cam), Russ Molony (Go-Pro cam)
Documentary and website produced by NITV
Lead image (visible on some devices): Jack Atley/Getty Images