Dusk descends on Gooch's Beach as Mark Spaulding carries his paddleboard back to his truck after an afternoon riding the waves in Kennebunk. Buy Photo
KENNEBUNK, Maine — Skiers and snowmobilers are not the only ones feeling deprived by Mother Nature this winter. Surfers have been disappointed, too, but last week they finally got their wish. The season’s first significant storm not only dumped several inches of snow on southern Maine, but also kicked up three days of overhead waves, attracting surfers from as far away as New Jersey.
Mark Spaulding didn’t have to travel quite so far. He lives just five miles from Gooch’s Beach, a popular surf spot in Kennebunk. The stand-up paddle board surfer made the most of the swells, riding waves in the 41-degree water until the streetlights illuminated.
“Until now [this season has] been terrible … flat as a pancake. But when it’s good, you usually go till dark,” he said.
Surfers made the most of it, realizing good storms this winter are few and far between.