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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: 12.9 °C

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 04:39 Local time
Wednesday 23
Wave (m) 3.0
Period (s) 13 12 12 11
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 15
NNE 15
NNE 15
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 Fortuna, 58 km from Third Reef.

light winds from the WNW

Dry and cloudy
Air temperature
12 °C

Current weather near Third Reef

Buoy Data:

At Cape Mendocino, CA, 39 miles from Third Reef.

  11PM 12AM 1AM 2AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 2.0
Dominant period (s) 11 11 11 11

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Overall Third Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October


Surf stats for Third Reef: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Third Reef: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

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  • Closest city location
    53 mi
  • Second closest city location
    97 mi
  • Third closest city location
    121 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    122 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    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.
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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.