Here is some advice:
Pick the right spot for your level
Pretty straight forward. If you’re a beginner, learn to surf on the un-crowded breaks (which are worse of course). If you’re an advanced surfer, go where your skills can be utilized… and if you’re surfing in a beginner break don’t get agitated by the beginners as you’re in their “training ground”.
Surf breaks vary enormously and if you try to learn at the wrong one it can slow down the learning process and possibly get you hurt, and label you as a nuisance to other surfers. The answer is to forget reef breaks, surf breaking over rock, coral, and heavy hollow beach breaks. Pick a beach with an easy, spilling, mushy break wave in the 2-4ft range. It may not be glamorous but it will be the best place to start.
Don’t drop in or snake
A reef break breaks first at a point called the peak and then breaks in a direction away from the peak (towards the “shoulder” of the wave). The best place to catch the wave is at the peak and then you get the longest ride. The surfer closest to the peak has the right of way. If you’re out on the shoulder of the wave and try to catch the same wave as someone who’s better positioned “inside” (closer to the peak than you) that stands up on the wave, then you’re said to be “dropping in” on them. The term snaking is a sort of exploitation of the “no dropping in rule”. It involves quickly moving inside (closer to the peak) a surfer that is about to catch a wave and dropping in. You always need to look inside of you to see if there is a surfer better positioned who’s going after the same wave. And if you happen to inadvertently drop-in on someone, exit the wave quickly when you realize it and maybe even apologize to them later. Give respect to others and they’ll likely return the favour later.
Don’t throw your board
You are supposed to keep a hold of your board and not let it dangle behind you 10 feet by your lease in the waves. It can be a danger to surfers wildly swinging and bouncing around, and if the lease breaks it becomes an unpredictable surfboard shaped torpedo. Dangling your board off your leash increases the chance of a leash breaking. You need to be able to operate and keep your board with you in the surf. If you can’t, try smaller surf until your skills improve.
Be fun, have fun
Have a positive, deliberately friendly attitude towards your fellow surfers. At the heart of it, you are like-minded individuals. Surfing is about relaxing, having fun, and enjoying the ocean.
Don’t hog the waves
You have the ultimate long board, boat like even, that allows you to catch waves way outside of regular surfers. Don’t use this surfing advantage to hog the waves. Just let a set go by every now and then.