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.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.
Eventually, the excess water starts to return seaward through low areas in the sandbar, "ripping" an opening.
Rip currents Typically, strong wind and swell waves push water over a sandbar allowing excess water to collect.
Check live South Padre weather conditions and forecasts, pictures, video, and daily updated surf and beach report. 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. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water. High Risk - Wave Heights 6'+ and/or Wind Speed greater than 20kts.
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.