You can buy, take lessons, & rent all your surf gear here.
Rod Greenup is the helpful & knowledgeable owner / instructor.
Laguna Beach is perfect for the beginner / amateur just starting out, as the waves on the southern part of the beach are not huge or dangerous.
Check it out here:
Equipment: Surfboard and wetsuit
(Get the wetsuit.... the water is cold!! )
Pic at upper left is "Laguna Beach" one of the California Classics by the great Woody Woodworth.
Woody and Dennis Junor are imho the best surf photographers alive.
You can and should get a fabulous hi-resolution poster of this photo and lots of other outstanding photos here at Woody and Dennis' excellent web site:
Creation Captured Cal Classic 'Surf Art' Photography
A slice of California heaven for ~ $20 is a bargain. Surf's UP!
Equipment: Surfcams and live reports here: