Third Reef Spot ID
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell WNW | Wind E
Sea Temperature Today is: 11.0 °C
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.
For Shelter Cove, California, 1 km from Third Reef.
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At Shelter Cove, 1 km from Third Reef.
At Eel River Buoy, 57 miles from Third Reef.
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Overall Third Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May
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- 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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