Meet The Team

Ally Findlay Director

Ally Findlay

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Ally is the director of Glasgow Paddleboarders and the lead instructor.

He loves leading group sessions and running trips on open water.

Ally is part of Water Skills Academy training team and teaches the SUP Instructor courses in Scotland.

He rides a Sea Lion Rapoka.

Tanja on the canal

Tanja Mcconville

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Tanja LOVES paddleboarding. She is a trained adventure guide.

She has a Sea Lion Otago 10'6 and loves it.

She runs the sessions at Balgray Reservoir and Applecross Wharf.

Tanja loves open water swimming and is a Mum to 3 boys.

She's a New Zealander with a great accent!

Mike on Loch Lomond

Mike Kissack

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Mike is our South African surfer  and drives a big green van.

He fell in love with SUP 5 years ago and spends his free time (not that he has loads) between surfing and exploring Loch Lomond on his SUP.

Mike loves leading groups out on open water.

Mike's two boys keep him very busy when he's not managing restaurants or out on the water.

Instructor Ian at Lochwinnoch

Ian Moir

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Ian runs bring your own paddlboard sessions in a variety of locations. He is a PT so be prepared to be put through your paces!


Ian's love of SUP started nearly 5 years ago when he had the use of a board for the summer.

The social aspect of paddleboarding, for him, is one of the main attractions. Whether that be working hard with a couple of mates to cover as much distance as possible or getting out with a group from Glasgow Paddleboarders.

Matthew Hurding Instuctor

Matthew Hurding

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Matthew is a lover of all things relaxed and chilled. He is involved with running the Glasgow Paddleboarders Pikes kids sessions.

Being a deputy head of a school means his skill set has children at the heart.

He rides a Sea Lion Rapoka.

Instructor Rachael in Edinburgh on Canal

Rachel Pirie

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Rachael is a Foundation SUP instructor and is also chief in command of the Planet Patrol Litter Picks that we run. She is a real environmentalist and wants to see plastic removed from our waterways.

She always used our Anomy SUP kit and loves adventures. Watch out for breakfast club with Rachel in the summer months.


Gillian Hurding

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Gillian is a Foundation SUP instructor. She started her SUP journey in 2021 and got the bug immediately. Gillian is very eco conscious and loves an adventure.


She rides her Sea Lion Rapoka and brings her dog Orlaith with her too!


Mark Muir

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Mark is Foundation SUP instructor. He's been paddle boarding for a few years now and loves the sea. Mark is a keen photographer so if you have him on a lesson he'll be sure to take a good snap of you!


He's a big fan of all the Gladiator kit and hasn't decided which board he's claiming just yet.