beginner23 wrote:Unfortunately I live in the United States, (and I'm working on getting my drivers licence!) Another question I have is after I have learned, is it dangerous to surf on my own? I understand that there are many other people in the water but is it okay to go out surfing unaccompanied?
It is always safer to surf with a buddy. That said, tons of people surf solo. As a beginner, a lot depends upon your swimming ability and the conditions at the site you are surfing. If you can swim well, and if you make sure to choose a good learning spot / time (sandy beach break without coral / rocks, gentle waves w/o major rips, etc.) it's not that dangerous. I'm learning myself and have logged a number of solo sessions.
I'd research your local beaches and pick a good, safe beginner spot. And be sure to know the conditions beforehand and avoid going out in waves you can't handle. There's a lot of good resources on the web about where to go and what to do if you're a beginner - use those.
Also, a good surf lesson or two can be helpful in getting started, though pick your teacher well and explain that you are really interested in learning how to surf properly and not just standing on the first day. There are some surf lessons out there, particularly in touristy places, that are designed to get you standing right away but that do not necessarily teach the right way to do it.