The first tip I would give to any beginner is to take a few surf lessons at an I.S.A approved surf school, like Perfect Day Surf School, Strandhill.  Preferabley somewhere where you will receive coaching in a structured small group lesson. Little can be gained from being stuck with twenty other beginners in a surf lesson.

Once you mave mastered the basics and are aware of potential dangers etc, you may be keen on getting your own equipment. At this stage is is critical that you get a surfboard that is going to suit you and aid your progress. Being sold a board that does not suit your size, weight and athletic ability will lead to frustration and annoyance. Seek advice from someone who knows what they are talking about. Dont rush into buying your first board. Stay safe and enjoy.