Learn to surf this summer…in Maine!
Surfing in Maine might be the best kept secret that our coastline has to offer. For most people, surf culture exists in places like California and Hawaii, leaving us New Englanders off the map. This assumption however, sometimes gives us empty waves, and guarantees beginners plenty of space to learn.
The water temperature is definitely not tropical, but the summer months in Maine make up for those long winters and relentless springs. Maine is great place to learn how to surf for more reasons than one, it’s a joy that you’ll have to discover for yourself this summer!
Arlberg Surf Tip: Surf movies and surf videos are great to learn to get to advanced surfing levels. From the take off to the aerial landing, it’s always interesting to watch and try yourself. Movies are available at Arlberg Surf Shops in Freeport and Scarborough or book a lesson with one of their instructors. Certified instructors, group or private lessons, they will travel to meet you and all equipment is provided!
If your looking for a full body workout try a SUP. You will be amazed at the unique view you have because you stand at your full height and can see the life that is underneath your board as well as what is on the horizon.
Maine Surfers Union Surf shop is Portland’s only surf shop located at 36 Market St, in Portland’s Old Port. It is a year round Surf & Paddle Lifestyle Shop that was the recipient of Portland Buy Local Indie Biz Awards Best New Business for 2013. MSU has what you need to get in the water year round, from winter & summer wetsuits, gloves, booties & a very impressive selection of hand shaped surfboards that you will not find anywhere else in New England. They also have top brands of Paddle Boards for beginners to the most seasoned vet.
MSU has products for the non-surfers in the family with year round clothing lines for men and women from O’Neill, Rhythm, RVCA, Patagonia, LiveME and many more. Guys if you’re looking for board shorts, button downs, hats we have a wide urban & beach wear selection. Lady’s if you’re looking for a bikini’s, dresses, skirts & something fun to go out on the town or to the beach they have you covered.MSU also has an in house head shaper, stop by and watch Nick of Neto Shapes design and shape a surfboard from start to finish in their own shaping bay. They also do custom design surfboards for any skill level; you dream it up, they will build it, along with surfboard building classes.
Events at the shop this summer: First Friday of the month Art Walk with local artists displays, live music, beer tasting & live surfboard shaping demonstrations. Every third Thursday if the Month is free movie night, bring a beach chair and hang out and watch a funs surf movie with a good group of people.
Blackpoint Surf Shop in Scarborough is just minutes away from Higgins and Scarborough Beach. They offer kids ages 6+, to adults the chance to get comfortable in the water. While the main focus is on having fun, they structure lessons to encourage your individual ability to balance and paddle, while working towards standing, riding and reading a wave. With 12 years of experience following their apprenticeships in California, shop owners and board builders, Andy and Ryan of McDermott Shapes, are experts in ding repair, board restoration, and custom board creation. Black Point Surf Shop is ready for the summer season and excited to add to Maine’s growing surf culture.