Former pro skateboarder; former X Games skater and host; designer of Ellismate skateboards; professional mixed martial arts fighter; host of the afternoon radio show “The Jason Ellis Show” (an adult-themed, uncensored program) on Sirius 28 Faction XM 52 where he often talks about motocross; lead singer of the bands Taintstick and Death! Death! Die! (chad reed plays guitar in both); film actor. 39 years old.
My father bought an Italjet 50 for me when I was 6 years old, and he followed me around the backyard holding onto the back of it so that I didn’t take off into the fence.Because of my childhood, skateboarding was better (than motocross) because my family wasn’t involved in it. I wanted to be alone. I was an angry child. [laughs]I was pretty much retired and I got back into [skateboard] competition because of MegaRamp. And the only reason MegaRamp didn’t seem that big of a deal to me was because I’d jumped over jumps on a dirt bike that were further than that, so it was believable I could do it on a skateboard because I’ve always been better at riding skateboards than dirt bikes. I think moto gave me [courage].I love vert skateboarding because I want to go 10 foot out and I want to almost die. I want to jump off stuff and hang off things. Moto, I don’t want to hang out on my 50, I want to jump over something where I could almost die, and I want to fight people who are twice as strong as me so I can feel like they’re going to kill me.The main reason I got back into riding moto when I moved to America was to feel connected to my family in Australia again after my father passed away and my little brother passed away. My childhood memories were of riding dirt bikes on the weekend and when we were out camping.[Among the three sports] the most satisfaction beating somebody is beating the s#%@ out of them. There’s nothing more exciting than your hand touching somebody’s face and them going to sleep. I’m not going to lie, that was a really cool feeling.I don’t know how to ride a bike that good, [but] I’m the best dude who’s ever been on radio who ever breathed oxygen. So that’s a big difference. When I’m about to start the radio show, I’m about to show you how it’s done. When I’m about to start a race, I just really hope I don’t die.