Since you go to ME each summer, pay attention to the tides when you're up there as they're not the same as the breaks you regularly visit.
Now get off your iPad or laptop and focus on your teacher's lecture. Or go BS with grommet 2.0
probably one of the last places on the East Coast to be explored to its full potential. i've heard stories from guys that worked on lobster boats of full-on reef setups that fire, but very very fickle. go check it out and keep the good news to yourself.
Southern, ME in normal conditions is pretty mello. Lots of beach breaks south of Portland. In the late spring, summer and early fall the breaks will be crowded on weekends, but probably not as crowded as points further south. Once mid-October rolls around the crowds disappear. On an awesome day in winter you might have four other people in with you.
When I first started living and surfing up here I immediately noticed you get much longer rides on small days when compared to the Outer Banks (my only other point of reference). I don't know the science, but I believe it's a continental shelf thing? Anyway, the beaches are very gradual so you rarely see shore break when it's knee high +. A longboard is a must-have, but I suppose that's true anywhere.
So where ya moving to?
I'm curious, in general is the tide differential greater the farther north you go from the equator?
I don't think the tide differential is necessarily due to latitude. I read somewhere that because of it's proximity to the continental shelf and the Georgia bight or bend in the coastline, that Georgia has some of the biggest tide differentials on the east coast next to Maine.