Cooperating partners in the research included UNCW Surf Club, Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association, Tony Silvagni Surf School in Carolina Beach, CB Surf Shop in Carolina Beach and the University of New South Wales.
To learn more about rip currents and to view video of a drifter deployment, visit ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/ripcurrents.
North Carolina partners continue to promote rip current safety by posting signs, providing magnets and sharing daily rip current outlooks from National Weather Service Offices in Newport/Morehead City and Wilmington, N.C., and Wakefield, Va. Online safety materials also are available via the NWS portal at ripcurrents.noaa.gov/.
Magnets, signs and brochures with the Break the Grip of the Rip national safety message are available from North Carolina Sea Grant. For prices go to ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/ and search for rip currents. For individual orders, call 919-515-9101. Communities, vacation rental firms and others with bulk orders also can call 910-962-2490. Download the rip current poster here.
(You can check each day’s rip current forecast for the Outer Banks by clicking on the yellow box on The Island Free Press front page — at the top on the right.)