Hi James, I've been getting into surf photography over the last couple of years and I've used a canon 1000d. It's an excellent camera for feeding your enthusiasm. I've been using the starter lens, EF-S 18-55mm, and also the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. This has been a great package for me and never let me down, it's lightweight and easy to use.
I've upgraded by camera body and I'm looking to upgrade my lenses too so I'm interested to move this set-up on to a new home.
I recommend doing some research and deciding what you want to achieve with the camera and therefore how much you can afford to spend.