Bill undertow

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by iceybeatzjosh, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. iceybeatzjosh

    iceybeatzjosh Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    did anyone notice the strong undertow last saturday? It got kinda frightening
  2. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    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!

  3. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    Undertow? Know the terms-"rip currents"
  4. lbsurfer

    lbsurfer Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Undertows pull you under and rip currents pull you out
  5. LOSTsoul

    LOSTsoul Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    agreed. The only people i've ever heard use the term under-toe are kooks.
  6. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    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.
  7. Blumkin80

    Blumkin80 Active Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    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.
  8. eshore

    eshore Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    dude i didnt see any rips along the DE coast. supposidly Jersey had some though
  9. tbing

    tbing Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2008
    x2 ..................... At least no one said rip tide :p
  10. mOtion732

    mOtion732 Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    zero rip in monmouth county. one of the easier paddles for an overhead day that i can remember. very very light n->s drift which i thought was weird. maybe it was just a small localized rip near the jetty i surfed.

    went swimming sunday night when the wind was sideshore for fun and didn't feel any sort of current/rip/anything
  11. kneebumps

    kneebumps New Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Undertow is a term used to describe the phenomenon when a wave washes up a steep beach, then quickly back down, and another wave crashes in over the top of the receding wave. The "undertow" it can pull little kids off their feet and suck them under (for a very short time). It's a rel phenomenon, completely different from a rip current, which is water escaping outward from the beach through slots in a sand bar.
  12. he rides what?

    he rides what? Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    same here. was in belmar sunday and there was a slight rip around 13th-14th which helped on the paddle. drift was almost not there. I kept checking figuring I'd be half way down the beach and noticed I hadn't moved lol
  13. matilda

    matilda Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    you say tomato I say tomatoe

    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?
  14. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    i've heard forecasters use rip tide, which apparently is acceptable... BUT I DONT LIKE IT :cool: , i prefer rip current... since it is a current, and not a tidal back and forth movement.
  15. SKiM Surf Shredd

    SKiM Surf Shredd Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Man down in Bethany Beach we didnt have any rip currents or ,as all of you grandma's call it, under tow. the waves seemed weak and real easy to get through and around and if you did get sucked down ur a idiot because those were some of the easiest waves to ride.
  16. Howett

    Howett Active Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    Spots on Saturday in DE and MD were drastically different. I checked Bethany and Fenwick and was really bummed. Saw small mushy waves around 3-4ft. I thought thats all we had. Then I drove down to a few streets in OCMD and saw the same. I stopped when I got to 120th because it was at least 3-4ft bigger there with some 8ft sets.