How to utilise a Rip when surfing
Often experienced surfers look for rips and deliberately paddle into to them to assist them in paddling back out into the line-up for their next ride. Rips are sometimes considered the surfers 'chair lift' out beyond the wave breaking zone as they can conserve energy after catching a wave by letting the rip do some of the paddle out for them. However, jumping in a rip can be extremely dangerous, especially if you don’t understand how they work or aren’t an experienced surfer or strong swimmer. Remember the rip won’t stop dragging you out to sea when you reach where you want to go, so you have to be prepared to paddle out of the rip to avoid being dragged past the line-up and ending out in the open ocean!