Re: New comer
we don't hate boogie boarders and body surfers. These are integral aspects of being a waterman. In fact, when I get too tired to paddle out back and sprint for another wave, I'll "rest" by body surfing. There is nothing better than being in the sea.
You asked what to do to begin surfing. The answer is easy to provide. Get a 9ft longboard and use it in the mushy broken waves for half to two days. Then paddle out and start trying to catch 2 to 3 ft waves. Don't get into the mix with seasoned surfers. Watch them, however, to see how they paddle out, when they paddle to catch a wave, and the things they do once they are popping up and making the first turn.
You are encouraged to learn to board surf because it is MASSIVE fun. Making the drop on an unbroken wave is a tremendous thrill.