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Popham Read Surf Guide

Popham Read in Maine is a fairly exposed beach break. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Watch out for - Rocks.

Popham Read Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
8.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Popham Read:

The best conditions reported for surf at Popham Read occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Popham Read (for consistent clean waves)?

novemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Popham Read with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 33% of the time in November while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 28% 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).

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Interactive Popham Read 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 Popham Read is Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM) in USA, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Popham Read is Augusta State Airport (AUG), also in USA, 65 km (40 miles) away.

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Popham Read Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 8 December 2022, 00:47 Local Time
WedThursday 08
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross off off off

Swell History at Popham Read

Surf stats for Popham Read, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Popham Read

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

Popham Read Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.2
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s55.0
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Ken from United States
“Popham and Reid - not Read - are 2 different places with very different characteristics.”

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