People who ride the waves are called surfers. When surfing, people can be beginners, intermediate and advance learners. There are a lot of things that one would need to understand before one can truly say that they are real surfers.
Many companies on the net and even on the beach offer a surfing lesson to any level of student. Many of them are qualified surfers from different parts of the world. They can offer a 16 hour lesson and guarantees that they will be able to teach you the things you need to know to surf on your own in the future.
Learning to start
Many people would suggest that you first learn to swim or at least to know how to float and paddle to shore before starting to take a surfing lesson. The reason for this is a little obvious; one would need to know how to deal with the water when it knocks them off the board. Paddling and getting up on the board is the next things that are taught before hitting the water. Experts say that all practices must be made on the shore away from the water first because this will tire the student fast. This can also bring a lot of frustration and could make the student give up fast.
Paddle and getting up
Paddling is when you lay flat chest in the middle of the board and arms at the side of the board using it like a propeller to move the board against the current towards the deeper part of the shore. This how surfers find a place where a good wave is coming. Of course, one would need to practice this on the shore first. Then one would need to start practicing how to stand on the board, remembering that the water would be wobbly and would not be able to support the weight of the surfer unlike the sand can do. Standing up is also called popping up because it must be done in one swift move. From the paddling position, bring your hands in front of your chest and push so that your weight can shift and make you stand. For beginners, there are people who from the paddling position, kneel first before bringing their body to stand erect. It is helpful for some, but for others this is a little slow and knocks them from the board. Whatever is effective would be okay. Remember not to hold the edges of the board unless you want your chin to suffer if you suddenly slip.