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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: 11.4 °C

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 13:56 Local time
Tuesday 01
Wave (m) 2.0
Period (s) 13 13 13 12
Wind (km/h) 15
SSE 15
SSE 15
SE 25
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.

IS AT (local time)

Third Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Shelter Cove, 1 km from Third Reef.

light winds from the SE

Air temperature
13 °C

Current weather near Third Reef

Buoy Data:

At Eel River Buoy, 57 miles from Third Reef.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.7
Dominant period (s) 14 14 14 11

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Overall Third Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Third Reef Location Maps

Third Reef Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Third Reef:

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Wave buoys nearest to Third Reef:

Tide stations nearest to Third Reef:

  • Closest tide station
    Shelter Cove
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    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
snow forecast website

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
city weather forecast website

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.
Third Reef break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Third Reef, CAL - Humboldt. Use the tab navigation above to view Third Reef sea temperature, Third Reef photographs, Third Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Third Reef webcams, current wind from CAL - Humboldt live weather stations and Third Reef 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 Third Reef.