1) Don’t go it alone
While it might be tempting to try and surf alone until you get the hang of it, that approach never works.
As well as being a lot safer to surf with a group on your first few tries, it’s also helpful for your form and technique, as a lot of bad habits can be created in the first hour of surfing.
The easiest way to stop this is to have a more experienced surfer with you to call them out. Don’t be shy!