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Mad River Beach Reviews and Ratings

(Humboldt County, USA)

Visitor reviews of Mad River Beach surf break

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Mad River Beach Ratings

Overall: 2.7. Based on 3 votes. Vote

Quality on a good day: 3.0

(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).

Consistency of Surf: 1.5

(1: Mad River Beach is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).

Regional Rating: 2.0

(1: Mad River Beach is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Humboldt County. 5: the best break in Humboldt County).

Difficulty Level: 2.5

(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).

Onshore Wind: 2.0

(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Mad River Beach can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).

Other Options: 1.0

(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Mad River Beach, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).

Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0

(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Mad River Beach are often excellent).

Water Quality: 3.3

(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).

Crowds: 4.0

(1: Often too crowded. 5: Mad River Beach is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).

Access: 4.7

(1: Getting to Mad River Beach requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).

Scenery: 4.5

(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).

Local Attitude: 4.5

(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).

Accommodation: 3.5

(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Mad River Beach for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).

Camping: 2.0

(1: Camping at Mad River Beach is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).

Entertainment: 2.0

(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Mad River Beach is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).

Equipment and Repairs: 1.0

(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).

Eating: 3.0

(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Mad River Beach, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).

Drinking: 1.5

(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Mad River Beach where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).



FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.