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    Rip Tides

    Ok, so I'm going to flag myself as new to surfing but I don't care, I am.

    How concerned do surfers need to be about rip tides in general or rip tides during hurricanes like Igor? It seems like, at least for the North East, some of the biggest waves might come during a hurricane. Anything to worry about or can you, for the most part, paddle through them?

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    you use them to get out threw the waves. Say the waves a big and you need a faster way out. look for a rip and paddle out in it. pulls you right out and yes it is easy to paddle out of them. just never paddle against them.

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    the more rip during a big swell, the better. helps you stay out of the impact zone and brings you out into the lineup much faster

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    Very true, and probably not at all the expected response for the guy who posed the question.

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    man you should just stay out of that place, very dangerous and you could drown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franyfingers View Post
    you use them to get out threw the waves. Say the waves a big and you need a faster way out. look for a rip and paddle out in it. pulls you right out and yes it is easy to paddle out of them. just never paddle against them.
    great advice!
    know how to spot rip currents, they are your friends, not foes.

    how to spot rip currents:
    a rip current looks like a small river on the water’s surface flowing away from the beach. they are sometimes brownish and foamy and can flatten incoming waves making the sea look calm. once past the breakers the current will disperse frequently forming a mushroom shape.

    http://www.loving-long-island.com/im...p-currents.jpg
    Last edited by mikestrianese; Sep 21, 2010 at 05:40 PM. Reason: typo

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    like these guys said, rips can help you get out in the lineup... They can also mess up the wave quality if a rip is running through a nice clean wave face... But all in all, almost anywhere you have a beach break and big surf, you are going to find rips. You'll get use to them.

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    I agree with most of the posts here. Learn to visually recognize the rip currents (not tides) and use them to your advantage. Many beginners flounder in the wash of the impact zone because they don't know where to paddle out. Look for a stream of stuff collected in a line almost perpendicular to the shore and you will find the rip. It also helps to wait to paddle out in between the sets, assuming the period is long enough.

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    Thanks

    Hey, thanks everyone, good stuff.

    I think I was that guy floundering and trying to paddle against one this past weekend; no joke, my arms are killing me.

    I appreciate all the helpful info and have gotta get out there to see what you're all talking about.

    Thanks again!

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    I've never been stuck in a riptide w/o a board, but I'd like to practice, actually... you know, swimming in rough water w/o my board. Feel it's something we, as surfers, should all be comfortable with, just not sure how to get there. Don't want to be too dependent on the board. Reading about rips in the paper makes me feel like I'd get sucked out hundreds of yards, and even on my board, I've never had that experience.

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