Surf’s up in Kennebunk, even when temperatures aren’t

Posted March 08, 2012, at 10:37 p.m.
Jamie Gagnon of Wells plunges into the chilly Atlantic Ocean after the wave he was riding started to flatten out on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk.
Jamie Gagnon of Wells plunges into the chilly Atlantic Ocean after the wave he was riding started to flatten out on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Buy Photo
Surfer Daniel Faucette of Santa Barbara, Calif., loosens up before hitting the waves at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Thick neoprene wet suits insulate surfers from the frigid ocean water.
Surfer Daniel Faucette of Santa Barbara, Calif., loosens up before hitting the waves at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Thick neoprene wet suits insulate surfers from the frigid ocean water. Buy Photo
Benny Nadeau of Wells heads out surfing during a snowstorm, Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Kennebunk.
Benny Nadeau of Wells heads out surfing during a snowstorm, Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Kennebunk. Buy Photo
Thomas O'Brien, of Wells, reacts to the cold splash of a 41-degree water as he heads out to surf with friends at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Thomas O'Brien, of Wells, reacts to the cold splash of a 41-degree water as he heads out to surf with friends at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Buy Photo
Mark Spalding paddles through a breaking wave at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk.
Mark Spalding paddles through a breaking wave at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Buy Photo
Surfers bob like seals while watching for waves at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. The season's first big snowfall also brought large swells, attracting surfers from as far away as New Jersey.
Surfers bob like seals while watching for waves at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. The season's first big snowfall also brought large swells, attracting surfers from as far away as New Jersey. Buy Photo
Mark Spalding paddles down a breaking wave at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Last week's snowstorm also brought good swells with it, giving surfers three good days to ride the waves.
Mark Spalding paddles down a breaking wave at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Last week's snowstorm also brought good swells with it, giving surfers three good days to ride the waves. Buy Photo
A surfer rides a wave at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
A surfer rides a wave at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Buy Photo
Mark Spalding rides a wave while paddle surfing at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Last week's snowstorm brought large swells with it, giving surfers three good days of riding the waves.
Mark Spalding rides a wave while paddle surfing at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Last week's snowstorm brought large swells with it, giving surfers three good days of riding the waves. Buy Photo
Tyler Menninger of Langhorne, Pa., left the water exhilarated after a day riding the waves at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk.
Tyler Menninger of Langhorne, Pa., left the water exhilarated after a day riding the waves at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Buy Photo
Thomas O'Brien of Wells (left), Jamie Gagnon of Wells, and Chris Hedberg of Dover, N.H., gather after an afternoon of surfing at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk.
Thomas O'Brien of Wells (left), Jamie Gagnon of Wells, and Chris Hedberg of Dover, N.H., gather after an afternoon of surfing at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. Buy Photo
Dusk descends on Gooch's Beach as Mark Spaulding carries his paddleboard back to his truck after an afternoon riding the waves in Kennebunk.
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.

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