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One of the most daunting things about surfing can be the idea of battling through the waves for the first time. A quick way to get out the back, where you want to be, is to locate the same rip that swimmers are often warned to avoid. To find the rip, look for the current of water flowing back out to sea. This current will pull you out to sea with minimum effort on your part. Make sure to avoid the rip when returning to the beach. See also the Recognizing a Rip tip.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|