Maine is well-known as a user-friendly surfing destination, with many miles of easily accessible sandy beaches. From Long Sands Beach in York, to the legendary Ogunquit Beach, to the beaches of Wells, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Portland, you’ll find great surfing waves and very likely the company of other surfers.
Stand-up paddle boards are the new twist to the sport of surfing. They are bigger, thicker and wider than a regular surfboard, making them more buoyant. Stand-up paddle boards are another great way to explore both the state's ocean waves and inland lakes.
If you're an experienced surfer, you only need to grab your wetsuit and surfboard or paddleboard and go. If you're an inexperienced surfer, you can check in with a surf shop and arrange for a lesson from a professional who will guide you through the fundamentals, alert you to the potential hazards, get you properly equipped, and get you out enjoying the waves in just a few hours' time. Maine’s surf shops are also a great source of information and advice about surfing spots and weather conditions, which aren’t always cooperative.