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Garths Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.1

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Garths Reef break guidePhoto by: Jeanette Frizzell

Garths Reef Surf Guide

Garths Reef in Del Norte County is a sheltered reef break that only works once in a while. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. A right hand reef break. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for sharks.

Garths Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
9.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Garths Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Garths Reef occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Garths Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Garths Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 41% of the time in April while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 36% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
23%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
36%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Garths Reef Location Map

Interactive Garths Reef surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Garths Reef is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 298 km (185 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Garths Reef is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 377 km (234 miles) away.

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Garths Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 12 April 2021, 22:35 Local Time
MonTue
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 2.5
NW
2.2
NW
1.9
WNW
1.8
NW
Period (s) 9 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 35
NNW 10
NNE 5
ENE 10
NNE
Wind State off cross-
off
glass cross-
off

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Swell History at Garths Reef

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Wind History at Garths Reef

Wind stats for Garths Reef, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.