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.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.Welcome to South Padre Island, the Tropical Tip of Texas! Moderate Risk - Wave Heights 3-5' and/or Wind Speed 10-20 kts.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™! Wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents.
Book South Padre hotels, condos, and vacation rentals, check out South Padre real estate listings, watersports and activities, dolphin watch, parasailing, restaurants, RV parks, or charter a fishing trip. Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents.
Plan your family vacation, South Padre Island beach wedding, or Spring Break to South Padre Island on Spadre.com! Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf. Undertow is a concern mostly for weak swimmers or the unfortunate non-swimmer.
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.
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.Seaside you can enjoy a dolphin watch or a narrated cruise and eco tour of the surrounding Gulf waters of South Padre Island and the Laguna Madre bay.