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Old Orchard Beach break guide

Old Orchard Beach Surf Guide

Old Orchard Beach in Maine is an exposed beach/pier break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the east. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Rarely crowded here. Take care of rips, rocks and pollution.

Old Orchard Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
8.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Old Orchard Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Old Orchard Beach occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Old Orchard Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Old Orchard Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 27% of the time in September while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 34% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Old Orchard Beach Location Map

Interactive Old Orchard Beach surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Old Orchard Beach is Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM) in USA, 14 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Old Orchard Beach is Augusta State Airport (AUG), also in USA, 99 km (61 miles) away.

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Old Orchard Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 16:44 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 5 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Old Orchard Beach

Surf stats for Old Orchard Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Old Orchard Beach

Wind stats for Old Orchard Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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