Neah Bay -3rd Beach

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I'd say this spot is Number 1 or 2 on the top waves of washington count down. it's only competition being the reef break on the Cape!

If you are a longboarder and like your stick I'd pass on this break. If the trail down doesn't ding your board to hell, the elevator drop at 3rd beach will more than likely cause a stress fracture or you will drill the nose while pearling It's that steep of a take off! In fact I would argue that this spot (on most days )should be reserved for spongers the darn wave jacks up into a nice teardrop barrel then backs off totally giving one the best acid drop take offs a mushy come down...Now remember I said "most" days on the other days this place rivals Seaside, OR for punch if not length A big day the can reach faces of 25 ft plus turning a steep cove beachbreak into a firing monster point I've seen waves rip huge pines off the cliffs.. tossing them like toothpicks into the soup!

Additional Info:
Park your car out of the way because you'll be leaving it unattended for awhile. It's eaisier to pack your stuff down than to repair your wetsuit. The trails here are muddy and the bushes are thick.


the pull out to access the trailhead is on Hwy 112 about a mile after snow creek and a mile before the village is you pass the cemetery you've gone too far...There is a pull out close to the cemetery where you can see the spot from the road. If there is any wave at al get your butt down to the beach because it might be gone by the time you get there...

WalkLong walk (>30 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredNo
Boat requiredYes
Wave Characteristics
TypeBeach break
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey
FrequencyVery consistent (150+ days/year)
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionSouth, SouthEast
Swell directionNorthWest, West
Swell size3ft-5ft - 16ft and over
TideMid tide
Tide movementRising and falling tides

Rips / undertow, Rocks, Localism



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