If you live in Maine, try getting to Nantucket this summer. Miacomet, Surfside and other beachs get great waves fairly consistently with the right winds. I played music out there in the late eighties and early ninties with Bop (harvey) and bodysurfed and boarded as often as possible. It can get big enough to scare the crp out of you,12'-14' is as big as I've seen and it was plenty for my minimal skills. Most times I found 4-7 footers which are a blast. It's also in the gulf stream so it's not as chilly as you might think being 18 miles out in the Atlantic. Wearing a shortie wetsuit is still a good idea. Oh yeah, Great Whites get out around there too. Don't know if there has ever been an attack. Be careful of points off the "corners" of the island- strong currents and rips, I never had a big problem in the normal areas. Good luck. Go to the Chicken Box, great live music.