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Welcome to South Padre Island, the Tropical Tip of Texas! Moderate Risk - Wave Heights 3-5' and/or Wind Speed 10-20 kts.

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.

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.

Beach side activities feature sand castle lessons, horseback riding, atvs and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.