How to learn to surf
How I did it: I took lessons in Galveston, Texas with a hippie named Bryan at C-Sick Surfing. Bryan was very knowledgeble about surfing techniques, currents, how to read waves, what boards to use, and basically taught us everything we could ever know about surfing. The lesson was only 2 hours, but with Bryan's teaching I managed to learn to surf perfectly in that time slot. I didn't get up on the board until the very end, but once i did it was the perfect ride.
Lessons & tips: I definately suggest getting at least one lesson. I feel like now that I have learned the basics correctly I will have no problem surfing on my own in the future.
Resources: If you live near Galveston I would definately check out C-Sick Surfin'. Bryan was a great teacher and a lot of fun. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-770-9455. The lesson cost 90 for 2 people for 2 hours, which was the best deal we found on the island.