Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water. High Risk - Wave Heights 6' and/or Wind Speed greater than 20kts. Wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents.If you get caught in the rip, simply South Padre Island - the best beach in Texas!South Padre Island, the gem of the Texas coast boasts miles of tropical beach front resort shoreline and a warm family friendly atmosphere that is perfect for your beach vacation.An undertow can drown a person just feet from safety.Riptides are found in channels, passes and cuts through which large volumes of water travel from the bay to the surf during the tidal exchange. Rip currents are commonly and mistakenly called riptides.While enjoying the ocean waters, waves, and sand dive into some popular water sports in South Padre include surfing lessons, windsurfing, kayaking, kite boarding, and jet skiing, parasailing, banana boats, and fishing.
Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents. South Padre Island EMS (956) 761-5454 Cameron County Park System (956) 761-5494 U. Coast Guard Station South Padre Island (956) 761-2668 Cameron County Parks Police (956) 761-5283Rip currents (mistakenly called rip tides or undertows) are common and can be found almost daily on all South Padre Island Beaches. DON'T DRINK AND SWIMCALL 911 first for any emergency.The tide plays an important factor in water depths in the surf.
The tide range, or difference between high and low tide varies between 1 to 3 feet.
Longshore Currents are simply the current that moves along the beach, usually in the direction that the wind is blowing or the waves are breaking.