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Quickly dissipating whitewater fringe along the crest of open-ocean swells, created by a moderate to strong wind—the stronger the wind, the bigger and more powerful the whitecaps. A whitecapped ocean means the surf is compromised or ruined, unless the break is tucked in the wind-protected lee of a headland, point, cove, or breakwater. See also blown out, wind chop....

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