Riptide got her powers during an undersea accident that would have killed her if not for the mysterious Sea Witch. The story of her getting powers was a story, which had been carefully written by her father Storybook Smith many years earlier. Her father left before she was born, but she must have grown up with the story of her famous father and his book, which had been stolen.After finding out about her powers, she joined Youngblood. Originally she did it to make some quick money, but soon became an integral part of the team.
When Riptide agreed to pose nude in Pussicat Magazine, she was apparently fired from Youngbloods, but after Crypt had destroyed part of Youngblood and Battlestone became leader, she was asked to join again.
During a Youngblood barbecue at the Langston household, Riptide found the missing book (the Book of All Tales) belonging to her father, Storybook Smith in Langston's bookshelves and took it. When Langston realized who had taken the book, he went to Riptide's room, while she was out walking, to take it back. Unfortunately Leanna came back early and surprised him. In the following fight, Langston killed her in cold blood, and tried to frame Knight sabre for the murder. Langston's plans was revealed by Toby King, a lawyer who found the book, and Langston was put in the Hell of Mirrors in Supreme's Citadel.
Riptide was created by Rob Liefeld in 1992 and first appeared in Youngblood # 1.