I am very much a beginner, but was advised that buying a softboard would be a bit pointless by someone (other have said to go for it… whist others suggest it would be outgrown too quickly and get something a wee bit better for progressing on).
Are you just starting out ? Mini Mal, easy. They’re great to learn on & once you get the hang of it you can either down size or go longboarding.
They hold their value if you want to sell your board on.
Go get some lessons, hire some boards, then if you are not already put off by how damn hard it is, how frustrating uk surf conditions are and how much time is needed to actually lean the very basics you will be able to make a better call.
Beyond that, wherever you respect the locals, don’t drop in, don’t ditch your board and especially when floundering keep out the way.