You can learn surfing well shortly.
Under the guidance and support of the coach, most people can slide on for a while through an afternoon (3-5 hours). As a prerequisite, accompanied by someone else, and you can stick up to 2-3 hours a day, insist on a week, even they can own waves, straight slide for some distance.
You will be more proficient in a month; no problem in catching the wave, stand up will relatively stable, sliding farther, if you can insist 2-3 hours every day.
At this time, you can really start to practice surfing, rather than "smooth" wave.
Holding your breath is one of the compulsory courses, for both surfing beginners and veterans, do surfers is to avoid choking in the sea. It is why we recommended the surfing entry novice able to hold your breath in the water more than 30 seconds in the water.
Because if you're in unfamiliar waters, you may face the risk of big waves sank into the bottom, it will ask you to hold your breath for more than 1 minutes so it's not unexpected, so not the hand of faith still practice holding your breath. You have to practice a lot if you are not confidence in surfing.
In addition, the sense of balance training is also very important, the beginner should be trained to a certain level on shore, and then by coach to field exercises at sea, until you pass the test, then you can surf on the sea.