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Mad River Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Mad River Beach Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.7 °C

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019, 07:12 Local time
Tuesday 23
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 13 13 13 12
Wind (km/h) 10
N 15
NNW 20
NNW 20
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Mad River Beach in Humboldt is a fairly exposed beach break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of sharks,urchins, rips and rocks.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Mad River Slough, Arcata Bay, Humboldt Bay, California, 5 km from Mad River Beach.

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Mad River Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Arcata/Eureka Airport, 9 km from Mad River Beach.

light winds from the SSE

Air temperature
7.2 °C

Current weather near Mad River Beach

Buoy Data:

At Humboldt Bay, North Spit, CA, 11 miles from Mad River Beach.

  2AM 3AM 4AM 5AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.1
Dominant period (s) 8 8 8 8

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Overall Mad River Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

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Town and city forecasts close to Mad River Beach:

  • Closest city location
    8 mi
  • Second closest city location
    94 mi
  • Third closest city location
    114 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    118 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    147 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to Mad River Beach is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 230 km (143 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Mad River Beach is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 304 km (189 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Mad River Beach, CAL - Humboldt. Use the tab navigation above to view Mad River Beach sea temperature, Mad River Beach photographs, Mad River Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Mad River Beach webcams, current wind from CAL - Humboldt live weather stations and Mad River Beach tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Mad River Beach.