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Mad River Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Mad River Beach Surf Guide

Mad River Beach in Humboldt is a fairly exposed beach break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of sharks,urchins, rips and rocks.

Mad River Beach Spot Info

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

Surfing Mad River Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mad River 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 Mad River Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mad River 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.
clean
29%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
66%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
5%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mad River Beach Location Map

Interactive Mad River 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 Mad River Beach is Chico Muni Airport (CIC) in USA, which is 230 km (143 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Mad River Beach is Beale Afb (Marysville) Airport (BAB), also in USA, 304 km (189 miles) away.

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Mad River Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 13 May 2021, 20:57 Local Time
ThuFri
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 1.9
NW
2.1
NW
2.1
NW
2.2
NW
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 15
N 10
NNW 10
NNW 10
NNW
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Swell History at Mad River Beach

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

Wind History at Mad River Beach

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

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