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Two surf students looking out at the North Sea in Cullen Beach

Our first month - popping up!

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Blue Coast Surf & Paddle has now been open for one month, running surf lessons and paddleboard lessons and tours from Cullen Beach.

The surf school's first month has been brilliant - I've enjoyed finally being open, meeting people in Cullen and at the beach, and welcoming students for lessons. We've had 13 surf students out on the water, 18 paddleboard students, and 4 out for paddleboard tours, as well as a fair few hires.

April offered up a fair few sunny days and some great waves at Cullen beach - I even managed a good few surfs myself (working hard). Here's to a good month 2 as the water starts to warm up!

A selection of reviews received in April

Some of the reviews Blue Coast received this month - from Google, TripAdvisor, and Facebook.

Our trailer!

The Blue Coast trailer got stickered up with our design at Dallas Designs in Elgin - very happy with the result, she looks great being towed along behind Betty the Blue Coast van. The trailer doesn't have a name though, any ideas?


Bear had a good first month too, checking the surf and chilling at the trailer. A small child stole him briefly but he managed to convince her to bring him back!

Bear getting pretty excited about the waves

Paddleboard tour planning

I'm very excited to be offering multiple tour routes, ranging from Logie Head just east of Cullen, to Bow Fiddle Rock at Portknockie, to Sannie Craig at Findochty. The local coastline offers such rugged beauty and there is much history to be uncovered while seeing the coast from a new perspective on the water.

@bluecoastcullen First paddleboard tour of the season at Blue Coast Surf & Paddle! Perfect conditions and a visit from a pod of dolphins this morning on a tour from Cullen beach to Bow Fiddle Rock. Couldn't be luckier! #dolphin #dolphins #morayfirth #paddleboard #paddleboarding #cullenbeach #discovercullen #morayspeyside #visitscotland #visitaberdeenshire #visitmoray #portknockie #surfschool ♬ Ocean Sounds with Music - Ocean Waves Radiance

A very big thank you to Stan Slater for taking the time to show me around the Cullen Community & Residential Centre and sending me some newspaper clippings with some fascinating history.

Preacher's cave - has been used for church services, as a gambling den, as a residence for travelling people, and who knows what else over the years, forgotten by time. We have a look on our paddleboard tour routes!

Betty won't be driving on the sand!

Discover Cullen

I'm thrilled that Blue Coast is in such good company in Cullen - there are so many local businesses and a real community feel to the town. I'm grateful to have received a warm welcome and hope to continue to contribute through Blue Coast! It was brilliant meeting everyone as I dropped some flyers off. I was very happy to see Blue Coast featured on the Discover Cullen website - a great resource for information on Cullen.

Some clips from Cullen surf lessons

Smiles, waves, and a bit of sun! Check out our Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok to see more of what's going on at the school :)

Adam El-Naggar
Owner & Instructor
Adam set up Blue Coast in 2022 after several years of teaching surfing & paddleboarding in the Canary Islands and at home in Scotland. He is an ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor and Level 2 Surf Coach, ISA Adaptive Surf Coach, SLSGB Surf Lifeguard, ASI Level 2 Stand Up Paddle Instructor and an NCC Coasteer Guide. He wants you to have fun while learning in a safe environment, and leave feeling good!
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At ease.
A state of flow.
Breathe easy.
No paddle no surf.
Beyond the beach.
Everything else falls away.