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Garths Reef water temperature
Garths Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 2.8

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Garths Reef Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Del Norte County, USA)

Today's Garths Reef sea temperature is 13.7 °C.

Statistics for 19 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 12.7 °C, range: 11.3 °C to 14.3 °C

The Garths Reef water temperature is rather cool (13 °C) and the air temperature will feel about the same. A good quality spring wetsuit with optional neoprene boots should suffice. No need for wetsuit gloves.

United States Sea Water Temperature

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Surface Water Temperatures
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United States Water Temperature Anomaly

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Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

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at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Garths Reef. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Garths Reef Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Garths Reef sea temperatures peak in the range 11 to 17°C (52 to 63°F) on around the 23rd of August and are at their lowest on about the 8th of February, in the range 9 to 12°C (48 to 54°F). The highest sea temperatures at Garths Reef in the fourth week of August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. At its lowest in early to mid February, low sea temperatures at Garths Reef are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Garths Reef can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Garths Reef. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.