I was thinking to go to this place first. You could get some good info from these dudes, get a surf and then take it from there. They probably know the area well so you can get some knowledge and surf Las Tunas and Ayampe to get warmed up. It's always good to have a place to go for the first night or two and then find a cheaper place once you get a feel for the Ruta del Sol and beyond. Also, you can initially steer clear of Montanita until you are all surfed out and are really ready to see some chicas.
http://www.viejamarsurf.com/