Rip current

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Definition of Rip current:
At certain intervals along the shoreline, the longshore current will form a rip current. It is a local current directed away from the shore, bringing the surplus water carried over the bars in the breaking process, back into deep water. The rip opening in the bars will often form the lowest section of the coastal profile; a local setback in the shoreline is often seen opposite the rip opening. The rip opening travels slowly downstream[1].
This is the common definition for Rip current, other definitions can be discussed in the article

See also

Rhythmic shoreline features
Definitions of coastal terms


  1. Mangor, Karsten. 2004. “Shoreline Management Guidelines”. DHI Water and Environment, 294pp.