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Beginners should avoid rip currents. Experienced surfers may be attracted to them as rips can provide a quick ride out. Escaping a rip can be tricky. If you get caught in one paddle parallel to the beach to escape.

Handling rip currents

Big waves breaking in shallow water can be deadly. Rocks and reefs only add to the danger. Beginners should stick to beach breaks with nice soft sand.

Cobbles at a  Southern California Beach