Shameless plug alert here, but I hope it will be of use to beginners! I've written a book called Surfing The Essential Guide which tells you everything you need to know about learning to surf. Full blurb below - it's £9.99 which is a bargain. I've been surfing for 17 years now (not that you'd think so if you saw me surf!) and I used to work for Carve and SurfGirl magazines. I love surfing but I've not forgotten how frustrating it can be when you're learning, so I hope this helps people out.
"So, you want to learn how to surf but, where do you start? With this ultimate surfing guide, everything you need to know is at your finger tips. From choosing and buying the right surf equipment, getting surf lessons, surf safety and your first ride, to advanced manoeuvres like riding the barrel and hitting the lip.
The book will also explain how waves work, the best places to surf at home and abroad, and all about the culture, history and competitive aspects of this thrilling sport. There will also be advice on improving your fitness levels and the environmental issues associated with oceans.
The surfing bug has bitten millions of people around the world, and whether you want to ride a longboard or a shortboard, rip it up or cruise, this essential guide will set you up for a lifetime’s fun in the ocean and get you started on learning to surf."