Third Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

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Third Reef Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Humboldt County, USA)


Third Reef Spot ID:

Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.2 °C

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 02:42 Local time

Tuesday 31
2AM 5AM 8AM 11AM
Wave (m) 2.3
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 15
NNW 20
NNW 20
Wind State cross-

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Third Reef in Humboldt County is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west northwest. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of sharks, rips, rocks and locals.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Shelter Cove, California, 1 km from Third Reef.

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At Shelter Cove, 1 km from Third Reef.


Air temperature
12 °C

Current weather near Third Reef

Buoy Data:

At Eel River Buoy, 57 miles from Third Reef.

  8PM 9PM 10PM 11PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 2.5
Dominant period (s) 13 13 13 12

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Overall Third Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Third Reef:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break No Pass 0 mi
Second closest break Deadman's 1 mi
Third closest break Gale Point 2 mi
Fourth closest break Mckee's Creek 6 mi
Fifth closest break Usal Beach 18 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Third Reef:

Closest wave buoy Eel River Buoy 57 mi
Second closest wave buoy PT Arena Buoy 57 mi
Third closest wave buoy St Georges Buoy 127 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy Bodega Bay Buoy 130 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy San Francisco Buoy 170 mi

Tide stations nearest to Third Reef:

Closest tide station Shelter Cove 1 mi
Second closest tide station Westport 31 mi
Third closest tide station Cape Mendocino 34 mi
Fourth closest tide station Fort Bragg Landing 42 mi
Fifth closest tide station Eel River entrance 44 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Third Reef:

Closest ski area Mt Shasta (United States) 138 mi
Second closest ski area Stover Mountain Ski Area (United States) 149 mi
Third closest ski area Mt Ashland (United States) 160 mi
Fourth closest ski area Coppervale (United States) 183 mi
Fifth closest ski area Royal Gorge (United States) 202 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Third Reef:

Closest city location Eureka (United States) 53 mi
Second closest city location Redding (United States) 97 mi
Third closest city location Chico (United States) 121 mi
Fourth closest city location Windsor (United States) 122 mi
Fifth closest city location Paradise (United States) 132 mi
  • The nearest passenger airport to Third Reef is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 191 km (119 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Third Reef is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 247 km (153 miles) away.
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