Before paddling out your first time watch the waves for 15 minutes to see how many bigger waves there are to a set(waves come in groups). Look for an area with less waves and white water, this is where it will be easiest to reach the "outside"(where the waves break).
It's best to start wading out when the waves are breaking. You want to be able to start paddling out right as the set ends so you can outrun next set of bigger waves. This will minimize getting pushed back by relentless waves/white water, using up vital energy.
Everybody gets hit by waves, how many and how big make all the difference. Here are some Tips to help:
When wading out with a board carry it until the water is hard to walk against, then put it down with
the nose facing the direction you're going.
You can push the nose through or on top of on-coming white water.
Avoid letting the board get sideways.
(Once paddling) when the white water comes at you push the nose down and your body up letting the water
In bigger waves you can roll upside-down and pull the nose under until the wave passes over, then quickly
roll back into position and paddle, paddle, paddle! This is called "Turtle Rolling".
Always watch the waves as you paddle and try to aim for the spot that isn't going to break and get over
the back before it does. This takes lots of paddling, skill, and experience. Practice and Patience are key!