Recently, I tried surfing, at a very novice level mind you. Being a skier, I thought that I might have a chance with balancing on the board. What I did not account for was getting out to where you start. You have to fight the waves just to get there and for a beginner, that could be a problem.
I had a lot of fun trying it with my co-workers at WTWH Media, home of Fluid Power World. This was a great team building exercise with a great team. There are no ski lifts in the ocean :(