outside the <suck> of the surf

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Hi everyone. It's from Jack London's "The House of Mapuhi"

Despite the heavy clumsiness of her lines, the Aorai handled easily in the light breeze, and her captain ran her well in before he hove to just outside the suck of the surf.
Does this mean that the ship had just touched the current or something like that?
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  • Andygc

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    Close to the shore, the breaking waves (the surf) suck in and out. The ship is just far enough away from the shore to not be affected by that movement of the water.
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