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Little River State Beach Surf Guide

Little River State Beach in Humboldt is a reasonably exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Hazards include sharks,urchins, rips and rocks.

Little River State Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
9.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Little River State Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Little River State Beach occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Little River State Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Little River State Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in January while 66% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Little River State Beach Location Map

Interactive Little River State Beach 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 Little River State Beach is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 233 km (145 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Little River State Beach is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 308 km (191 miles) away.

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Little River State Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 22:54 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 10 10 9
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Little River State Beach

Surf stats for Little River State Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Little River State Beach

Wind stats for Little River State Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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