Paddleboarding in Maine
-By Michele S. Trahan
Surfing and paddleboarding in Maine are still in their infancy. Imagine once the sport of only kings, now can be enjoyed by everyone! Being in the moment of riding the waves is very exhilarating for some, and for others, it is a very spiritual experience. Keep in mind, it’s not just the physical act, it’s about becoming one with your environment– the ocean– its beauty, its power, the creatures who you’ll share your time with and get to know, along with the comradely of your friends. At once, you’ll understand how special this sport is. Enjoying the ocean, Lakes and rivers, they are one of God’s greatest gifts! For information on where to rent Paddle boards in Maine, below are our local shops that can help get you on a board today. Some even offer paddle boarding instruction, guided tours, and SUP yoga classes.
Little Miss Paddleboards– 173 East Grand Ave, Old Orchard Beach Maine. 207-934-5680 www.littlemisscottages.com Surfboard and Paddleboard Rentals in Maine, SUP
Arlberg Ski & Surf Shop– 225 US Rt. 1 Scarborough, Maine. 207-865-0077 www.arlbergski.com In addition to surfboard and paddle board rentals they have a full fledge shop with stylish clothing, beach accessories, wet suits and so much more.
Maine Surfer’s Union– 36 Market St, in Portland’s Old Port. 207-771-SURF www.mainesurfersunion.com They are a year round Surf & Paddle Lifestyle Shop that has what you need to get in the water year round. They and rent and deliver paddle board rentals in Maine.
Black Point Surf Shop– 134 Black Point Road in Scarborough is just minutes away from Higgins and Scarborough Beach. 207-939-6016 www.blackpointsurfshop.com. A full service surf shop and home to McDermott Shapes custom surfboards. 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.