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.Check live South Padre weather conditions and forecasts, pictures, video, and daily updated surf and beach report. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water. High Risk - Wave Heights 6' and/or Wind Speed greater than 20kts.
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.
You will notice the longshore current as you enter the water, causing you to drift along the beach. Not a hazard for swimmers, unless there is a north wind, the longshore current will sweep you towards the jetty where it will become a rip current sucking out to sea.
Rip currents Typically, strong wind and swell waves push water over a sandbar allowing excess water to collect.
RIP CURRENTS KILL SWIMMERS EVERY YEAR HERE AT SOUTH PADRE ISLAND.
If you get caught in the rip, simply South Padre Island - the best beach in Texas!