Surfing is a relatively safe sport, however when you are learning to surf its a good idea to take extra precautions. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself and your surfboard is to use a protective Nose Guard. SurfCo Hawaii offers a full line of reasonably priced rubber Nose Guards.
Also, have you checked the sharpness of your fins? Glass on fins can be razor-sharp! In fact, fin cuts are probably one of the most common surfing related injuries. Its a good idea to take a piece of sand-paper and lightly sand the sharp edge of your fins. Or check out SurfCo’s Pro Teck Fins, which feature a rubber-coated edge to help reduce the risk of lacerations to yourself or others. Available at most surf shops or online.