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Scarborough Beach Surf Guide

Scarborough Beach in Maine is an exposed beach break that usually has waves Offshore winds are from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips, rocks and pollution.

Scarborough Beach Spot Info

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

Surfing Scarborough Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Scarborough Beach 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 Scarborough Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

novemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Scarborough Beach 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).

Explore Scarborough Beach Location Map

Interactive Scarborough 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 Scarborough Beach is Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM) in USA, 12 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Scarborough Beach is Augusta State Airport (AUG), also in USA, 96 km (60 miles) away.

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Scarborough Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 16:52 Local Time
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Period (s) 5 5 5 9
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Swell History at Scarborough Beach

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

Wind History at Scarborough Beach

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

Scarborough Beach Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.3
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s54.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.1
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Joe Lewis from United States
“Quick note: 2018 was a really bad and weird year for our seal population. This was true throughout the Gulf of Maine. I think it was some sort of viral thing that swept through. I'm happy to report that the only seals I saw over the course of 20 beach days this summer were quite happy and healthy.

Scarborough Beach is a beautiful 1-mile beach with a pretty gentle slope and consistently decent waves. There is a surf camp here and 24-hour access with a pass. The water and the beach are nice and clean, though it can get a little seaweedy after a storm.”

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