This "undertow" can sweep a weak swimmer off of their feet and into deeper water, and he may panic as the wave crashes over his head.The undertow disperses almost immediately until the next wave approaches, then the cycle starts again.To restore access and understand how to better interact with our site to avoid this in the future, please have your system administrator contact [email protected]
DON'T DRINK AND SWIMCALL 911 first for any emergency.
Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf. Undertow is a concern mostly for weak swimmers or the unfortunate non-swimmer.
Welcome to South Padre Island, the Tropical Tip of Texas! Even the best Olympic swimmers are not able to successfully swim toward shore in the strongest rip currents., especially in the vicinity of groins, jetties, and piers.
Enjoy live cam views of our beautiful beaches with the South Padre Beach Cam™, the surf in the Gulf of Mexico with the South Padre Surf Cam™, and the sunset over the Laguna Madre with the South Padre Bay Cam™! Moderate Risk - Wave Heights 3-5' and/or Wind Speed 10-20 kts.
An undertow occurs when a wave is about to break on a shallow sandbar where a swimmer might be standing.
The water will suck underneath the wave as it breaks.
The new Freighter Observer's Logbook is now available. Yes, you can order via Paypal on the logbook page!!
To learn how to order your log book and track your freighter and other vessel observations, please visit the page on the book. Symbol indicates that the site has been having trouble, has closed, or is down for the winter.
RIP CURRENTS KILL SWIMMERS EVERY YEAR HERE AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.