Before you head out standup paddling it is important to know what type of break you will be heading into as well as where the waves are breaking.
1. Beach Break
Beach breaks tend to be fairly inconsistent breaks with waves breaking in multiple locations along the beach as well as further in and outside.
Sean recommends to first, get outside the furthest breaking waves (how to paddle out) to then analyze the situation so you know where you want to go for the wave. As a beginner, the beach breaks are your best option for learning.
2. Point Breaks
Point breaks tend to be faster (depending on tides), more uniform and for intermediate to advanced riders. For this reason they are usually more crowded.
3. Reef Breaks
Reef breaks are the most aggressive of all waves. These waves are for more advanced riders as the reef is sharp, jagged, and can cut you or cause serious injury when falling.
To learn more about a break ask a local surfer or research online!