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

Overall: 3.0

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Third Reef Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.9 °C

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Sunday, 16 December 2018, 05:48 Local time
Sunday 16
Wave (m) 3.5
Period (s) 14 14 16 20
Wind (km/h) 35
SSE 45
SSE 20
SSW 10
Wind State cross-
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Third Reef in Humboldt is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west northwest. A choice of left and right reefs. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of sharks, rips, rocks and locals.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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

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Third Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Fortuna, 58 km from Third Reef.

strong winds from the ESE

Dry and cloudy
Air temperature
13 °C

Current weather near Third Reef

Buoy Data:

At Cape Mendocino, CA, 39 miles from Third Reef.

  2AM 3AM 4AM 5AM
Data Age 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr 0 hr
Wave height (m) 3.5
Dominant period (s) 7 7 11 12

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Overall Third Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Town and city forecasts close to Third Reef:

  • Closest city location
    53 mi
  • Second closest city location
    97 mi
  • Third closest city location
    121 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    122 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    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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