About Shelter Cove

A few quality reefs lie at the end of a scenic, 24-mile drive west from Redway. Southwest-facing, Shelter Cove is primo in spring and autumn, blown-out during most of the winter, and generally small in the summer. As the cove is crescent-shaped, it can be triple-overhead off Point Delgada but chest-high near the boat ramp. Deadman's is the most popular surf spot in Shelter Cove. Third Reef lies smack-dab between Deadman's and No Pass, requiring a larger swell and a low tide to work properly. Long rights and lefts here, with the rights usually being a tad slower than the lefts. Just south of that is No Pass, a lefthander that peels along a horseshoe reef. Further south and requiring a brief paddle around No Pass and a walk down the beach is the celebrated Gale Point, a rocky righthand pointbreak of much repute.

Source: Shelter Cove Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Unpleasant, generally.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Be prepared to share.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect


Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Oh, yes, Whitey is here in full force.


Take U.S. Highway 101 to the Redway-Shelter Cove exit then drive through Redway and enter onto Briceland Road, at the north end of town. It's a long, twisting drive to Shelter Cove and you have to walk to all the surf spots.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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