Tours: An Interview with Martin Young

Surf exploration is part of the ethos of Coast to Coast and has been since our first tours back in 2007. Since then we have been exploring our wonderful coastline and in the process allowing our customers to build skills, create friendships with like minded surfers and have a lot of fun along the way. This year we were lucky enough to journey from the south east of Scotland, all the way to the outer edge of the Herbrides. We thought what better way to give our customers a taste of this experience but to ask our triple tour customer, Martin Young.

Martin is a 52-year-old nurse based in Edinburgh who first got into surfing on a trip to Portugal in Lapoint recommended to him by a friend, before later stumbling across his local surf school Coast to Coast.

Our tours take on three forms, Mobile (hunting down the best waves in Scotland), Island (heading to our favourite hebridean island spots) and North Coast (you guessed it, heading to the north coast of Scotland). Each tour presents its own adventures, excitement and challenges.

For the season of 2023 Martin decided to join our Mobile Tour led by our experienced instructor Josh, who took the group on a discovery tour of the east coast of Scotland, headed down south to the borders. Although at the time this was the only tour Martin had booked into, he had caught the bug. After returning to Belhaven he headed straight to our office to bag himself the last spot on our first Island Tour of the season.

The June island tour set out to the Hebrides with our two instructors Clover and Malcolm leading their first tour. The group were amazing and a joy to lead around some of our favourite surf spots in that area. 

Martin recalls a highlight of this tour (and his favourite moment of all the tours) when we all gathered around the beach for the summer solstice, the group headed out on a sunset surf and those remaining on the beach built a campfire, got the smores ready and laughed none stop as the sunset and the stars came out. 

After this tour ended he booked in one final time to an Island Tour led by Josh with a hand from good friend of Coast to Coast, Kevin. 

While we had Martin we needed to ask him – Why surfing? Why the tours? Why three?

Q: Why three tours? What is it about them that you love so much?

Martin: The tours are great. The teaching staff are excellent. The scenery is fantastic. The other folk on the course have all been great too.

Q: What has surfing taught you about yourself?

Martin: Surfing definitely reinforces the value of perseverance because you have to spend a lot of energy and time before you actually get to a point where you can do something which feels like surfing.

Q: What do you think are the barriers and challenges that stop people getting into surfing?

Martin: I didn’t know how to go about starting. Or maybe they think it’s a closed culture. They might think it’s just for young people. I started at the age of 52 and everyone was completely welcoming all the time.

Q: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into surfing?

Martin: Get in touch with Coast 2 Coast.

And of course, we could help but ask…

Q: If you HAD to, who would you say is your favourite instructor and why? (we won’t tell them)

Martin: I’d have to see them all pitted against each other in some sort of Gladiator situation before I could decide that properly. They are all excellent.

On behalf of everyone here at Coast to Coast that had the pleasure of Martins company over the summer, we would just like to say thank you for always bringing the laughs, the stories and the positive and supportive attitude. He has been a pleasure to take out as a guest and we look forward to seeing him back for the 2024 season.

If you yourself would like more information on our tours (or would even like to beat Martins record), please head to our website or email our office

We hope to see some of you next year to enjoy the beautiful spots we have all across Scotland! Plenty more adventures to come… 

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