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    Bill undertow

    did anyone notice the strong undertow last saturday? It got kinda frightening

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    i got dunked one time and was held under water just a little bit longer than i was comfortable with. there was a lot of energy out there--especially on the closeouts. all things considered, though, the paddle-out wasn't bad and general conditions were a lot saner than i expected.

    of course, josh, you need not worry because ice floats!

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    Undertow? Know the terms-"rip currents"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman View Post
    Undertow? Know the terms-"rip currents"
    Undertows pull you under and rip currents pull you out

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbsurfer View Post
    Undertows pull you under and rip currents pull you out
    x2 ..................... At least no one said rip tide :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbing View Post
    x2 ..................... At least no one said rip tide :P
    i've heard forecasters use rip tide, which apparently is acceptable... BUT I DONT LIKE IT , i prefer rip current... since it is a current, and not a tidal back and forth movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman View Post
    Undertow? Know the terms-"rip currents"
    agreed. The only people i've ever heard use the term under-toe are kooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman View Post
    Undertow? Know the terms-"rip currents"
    Straight from the dictionary:

    undertow: any strong current below the surface of a body of water, moving in a direction different from that of the surface current.

    rip current: A strong, narrow surface current that flows rapidly away from the shore. Rip currents form when excess water that has accumulated along a shore due to wind and waves rushes back suddenly to deeper waters. Also called rip tide.

    The definitions are synonymous. They both pull you away from where you want to be or in the case of surfing they help you get out to the lineup quicker.

    I was caught in a big rip current last night. Before I could even react to it it had pulled me out 30 yards or more. I'm glad I was on a board.

    I don't care what you call it. The only important thing is do you know how to get out of it?

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    the local (delmarva) weatherman makes a huge fuss about rip currents--like they are a harbinger of the apocalypse or something. as a surfer, a rip can be a good thing. getting held under pretty much sucks and makes one a little bit tentative about catching that next wave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceybeatzjosh View Post
    did anyone notice the strong undertow last saturday? It got kinda frightening
    ARE YOU GUYS KIDDING ME!!!???? UNDER-TOW? This term is not even used by my grandmother anymore...Learn your ocean if your going to talk about it.