Short Sands ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 2.4
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.3
Crowds: 2.4

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Short Sands Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Maine, USA)


Short Sands Spot ID:

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 4.6 °C

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Saturday, 18 April 2015, 21:02 Local time

Saturday 18 Sun
5PM 8PM 11PM 2AM
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 3 3 4 4
Wind (km/h) 25
SE 20
NE 15
NNE 25
Wind State cross on on cross

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Short Sands in Maine is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of rips, rocks and pollution.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Cape Neddick, Maine, 2 km from Short Sands.

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Live Weather:

At York, 1 km from Short Sands.


Air temperature
7 °C

Current weather near Short Sands

Buoy Data:

At Western Maine Shelf Buoy, 9 miles from Short Sands.

  2PM 3PM 4PM 5PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.6
Dominant period (s) 5 11 6 11

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Overall Short Sands Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Short Sands:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Long Sands 1 mi
Second closest break Ogunquit Rivermouth 5 mi
Third closest break Maine Beach 6 mi
Fourth closest break Ogunquit Beach 6 mi
Fifth closest break Moody Beach 7 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Short Sands:

Closest wave buoy Western Maine Shelf Buoy 9 mi
Second closest wave buoy Portland Buoy 34 mi
Third closest wave buoy Stellwagen Buoy 45 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy Boston Buoy 57 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy Central Maine Shelf Buoy 73 mi

Tide stations nearest to Short Sands:

Closest tide station Cape Neddick 1 mi
Second closest tide station York Harbor 4 mi
Third closest tide station Seapoint, Cutts Island 7 mi
Fourth closest tide station Kittery Point, Portsmouth Harbor 8 mi
Fifth closest tide station Fort Point, Portsmouth Harbor 9 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Short Sands:

Closest ski area Powderhouse Hill (United States) 11 mi
Second closest ski area Bradford Ski Area (United States) 34 mi
Third closest ski area McIntyre Ski Area (United States) 44 mi
Fourth closest ski area Gunstock (United States) 46 mi
Fifth closest ski area King Pine (United States) 54 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Short Sands:

Closest city location Dover (United States) 14 mi
Second closest city location Rochester (United States) 21 mi
Third closest city location West Scarborough (United States) 29 mi
Fourth closest city location Haverhill (United States) 37 mi
Fifth closest city location Gloucester (United States) 39 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Short Sands_1 is Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM) in USA, 57 km (35 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Short Sands_1 is Laurence G Hanscom Fld (Bedford) Airport (BED), also in USA, 96 km (60 miles) away.
  • Third is General Edward Lawrence Logan International (Boston) Airport (BOS) in USA, 96 km (60 miles) away.
  • Augusta State Airport (AUG) in USA is 143 km (89 miles) away.
  • North Central State (Smithfield) Airport (SFZ), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Short Sands_1 and is 157 km (98 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Short Sands, Maine. Use the tab navigation above to view Short Sands sea temperature, Short Sands photographs, Short Sands detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Short Sands webcams, current wind from Maine live weather stations and Short Sands tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Short Sands.


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