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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 Surf Guide

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.

Third Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Third Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Third Reef occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Third Reef 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 30% of the time in January while 67% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
30%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
67%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
3%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Third Reef Location Map

Interactive Third 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 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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Third Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 7 March 2021, 23:29 Local Time
Monday 08
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m) 4.5
WNW
4.5
WNW
4.5
WNW
4.0
WNW
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 10
E 15
SE 20
SSW
Wind State cross-
off
off cross-
off
cross

Swell History at Third Reef

Surf stats for Third Reef, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Third Reef

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

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