I have always wondered...do the "surf schools" that I always see advertisments for actually help you learn to surf quickly? If so, I'd like to give it a shot, since I haven't had much luck on my own yet.
I have never taken any because I don't live where there is alot of surfing going on. But I do have a friend that has taken lessons at a surf school and he liked it. It helped him to learn the basics and then he just practices and adds to what they taught him.
I think a great way to learn to surf is by attending a surf camp. They are like vacations and surf schools rolled up into one fun (though usually expensive) package. The amount of money and the seriousness of the learning depends on where you are and where the school is. For instance, I know of one Hawaiian surf camp for adults that costs $2500 for a week--but that covers rental gear, food, lodging etc. Anyway, it sounds like a fun way for a beginner to start learning.