Popham for south swell. Long sands for west swell.
Good luck. I'm sure there are waves.
Nova Scotia has the biggest tide change. Its like over 50 feet!
Maybe that's why Maine has a pretty good tide change. Not very far from Nova Scotia.
As far as Costa, there's a lot that can affect the range of a tidal change. The shape of the beach can be deceiving too so when the tide changes it can appear to be greater than it really is.
Go to panama or south Korea if you want to see some crazy tide changes. Islands appear 6 hours after there was nothing but water
i don't have much to compare it to, aside from a few kooky days in obx, but what i've found is that there are good good days, bad good days, and bad bad days - probably much the same everywhere. i am getting a little tired of this waist to chest high short period spring stuff though.
at the places i usually frequent, i concur with Emass...it can be very fickle depending on conditions. at one minute you can be totally slotted & lined up, and then 10-20 min later the waves are breaking everywhere but where you are...either because of tide change, current change with the tide, wind change with tide, swell direction & the ever evolving beach break, or tide filling in or draining out. that part can be frustrating, but on the other hand i've had sessions where i can't not get lined up...the swell/waves/break just seem to follow me. so fickle is a word, so is fun & entertaining, just depends on perspective.
one thing i've tried to do (and this is probably the same everywhere too) is commit swell & wind direction to memory for best spots - however, this might be pretty unique to ME because of the overwhelming amount of different break/beach direction. just take a look at the coast line...if you have the time you could probably find at least knee-waist high anywhere in the state.
for the summer i go with a spring suit in the mornings (actually it's an old swimming wetsuit that i just flip inside out & it works well enough) and if it's been a warm day & the water is 60+ i go rash guard & shorts inthe evenings - it's so liberating not to wear neoprene!!!
BREAKING: Clean waves everywhere in Maine the last several days. It's been the spot.
your pier is correct. ME is one state where you really have to charge with full algorithmic strategy. When I plan a ME trip after seeing the right swell direction and size coming, I have 3-5 spots lined up as options in ranked order specific to which break is set to mack per the conditions. Problem is that travel from one break to the next may be 10 minutes or 2 hours, so you really don't have time to "go look at the break" in each spot. By the time you do, you may have missed the window elsewhere. Therefore, knowledge of breaks are paramount as are up to the minute reports and buoys. It's a matter of best educated guess and so far, I'm 4 for 4 on major swells up there. Which is dope because on 3 of those days it was at breaks that go off a few times a year. You go with your top choice and bet on black with your closest backup ready to speed back roads to if first plan gets skunked. Or just roll with Spicoli, but that can put you in dire peril on such days.
Btw...NO WETTY IS NEEDED IN AUGUST ANYWHERE IN NEW ENGLAND. Sorry bros, but I stay true to that. Going mild hypo on a cloudy day is a blessing due to the tasty buzz after.
Shoots, brahs...it's 62 and perfect sun here on my coastal porch but I may have just talked myself into zipping up to Maine!!!