Old Orchard Beach Spot Guide

About Old Orchard Beach

Southeast-facing Old Orchard Beach, or OOB, is not as punched up as nearby Scarboro or as big as Higgins Beach, and thus can be pretty bland in comparison. However, the OOB Pier makes this otherwise-nondescript beachbreak a worthy New England haunt, with its good lefts on the south side and a decent right on the north side (especially during fall hurricanes). Pine Point to the north doesn't go off unless there's a wind or groundswell over six-feet. It's the best place to check on a NE wind, when Higgins and Scarboro Park are huge and out of control.

Source: Old Orchard Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Not bad but most crowded in the Summer.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Can be fun with the right combination of swell, wind and tide.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty mellow in the summer but much worse in the winter when cold water and air necessitate full winter gear.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty good.

Additional Information


Freezing water temps in Winter.


It's there -- for a price. Private parking is $5/day in summer. Surfing restrictions near the pier are seldom enforced.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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