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Beach break

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noun - Beach break is a place where ocean waves break on a sandy seabed.

Types of Breaks

  • Point break is a place where waves hit a point of land or rocks jutting out from the coastline.
  • Reef break is a place where a wave breaks over a coral reef or a rocky seabed.
  • Shore break is a wave that breaks directly on, or very close, to the shore. This happens when the beach is very steep at the shoreline.
  • Ocean break is a place offshore from the coastline where ocean waves break at the beach.
  • Surf break (also break, shore break) is a permanent obstruction such as a coral reef, rock, shoal, or headland that causes a wave to break, forming a barreling wave or other wave that can be surfed, before it eventually collapses. The topography of the seabed determines the shape of the wave and type of break.

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