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  •  As an old Seaside Hts, N.J. surf dog (2+ / 0-)
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    RiaD, FishOutofWater

    I always knew about rips except it was always called undertow.

    Very early in life I was taught that you don't swim against a rip tide. You swim across it. You will go out further but eventually you get out of the rip.

    What I never knew about that I learned in this diary is looking for the white water to see a way out of the rip. I always just swam parallel to the beach in either direction, until I wasn't getting dragged out any more.

    Looking for breaking waves can show the closest exit. Since I'm not the swimmer I once was that could save my life.

    Thank you.  

    •  You want waves inside the breakers (2+ / 0-)
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      Eddie C, RiaD

      if you are still inside the breakers. Of course, at the spot I went to regularly I ended up past the breakers. It is a nasty rip when it gets big.

      Everyone has heard the standard explanation. Use the standard explanation, but use this as extra if you need more.

      "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 12:47:00 PM PDT

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      •  I was also out past the breakers (0+ / 0-)

        although I doubt I do much of that anymore. Actually I doubt I'll go in until the next time I visit your state. The ocean around here might be warming but the older I get the colder it seems to me.

        But after watching the video you posted, it would seem even past the breakers you can look back toward the beach and see the wave backwash that is closer to you, marking the direction that calls for the least amount of swimming.

        By the way the last time I visited your state I spent five days at Turtle Bay in February. Being from the East Coast and having a respect for the ocean with the size of those waves in February I would not even put a toe in that water until I made down to nice calm Waikiki.

        While I was at Turtle Bay two people died in those five days at Sunset Beach. People unfamiliar with the ocean just don't know. I went and did the same thing. When I got down to the windward shore I went in at nice calm looking "Sandy Beach" and got my ass kicked. I told someone on the staff at Hanauma Bay and they told that beaches real name is "Breakneck Beach."

        With all of this information you posted may have saved a life today.

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