Elena Neva Natividad Amicella Lucita Obregon, code name Riptide and nicknamed "Rip," is the fourth of six children from a couple who run a beachside shop in Redondo Beach, California. She's a hydrokinetic, that is, she can control water, making it move in whatever way she desires.
Rip is a lithe, olive-skinned Hispanic girl with classic ‘Aztec princess’ looks, set off by a strip of scarlet hair down the center of her head and large ice blue eyes. Being a lesbian, she was housed in Poe Cottage at Whateley, where she rooms with Bunny Cormick. When on the first day Bunny thanked Fey for freeing her from her own inventions with a decidedly non-sisterly kiss, Rip followed suit by claiming Chaka as her new girlfriend. She's not happy that Chaka now also has a boyfriend. Rip is a real motor-mouth, speaking with lots of run-on sentences. She has a California accent. She's an avid surfer.
Rip has "powers over water", including humidity control and forming clouds in mid-air, which is probably a specialized TK ability. This power almost got her lynched before coming to Whateley. Bunny build for her a special disk-shaped platform which she can use to propel herself with water vapor, giving the appearance she is flying by "riding a cloud." It doesn't use any external power source, only Riptide's "wave power."
She's not invited to Boston the second time, not being needed to testify.
Unlike some, she had a boring Christmas vacation. She really doesn't mind.
- Poe cottage (room 2xx)
- Bugs (roommate)
- Redondo Beach, California, USA (see family)
- Unnamed father
- Unnamed mother
- Angela (older sister)
- Ernesto (brother)
- Three other unnamed siblings