If you have this many questions and can't figure it out then you are not ready. As the other chap noted above in this thread, paddling out is one thing, positioning and riding a wave without getting clobbered, smacked around good, or worse, is another thing. Few people seriously think about the currents and an exit strategy if things don't go according to plan. When surfing reef breaks, pocket coves, headlands, etc., you are best to be prepared - it is a different ballgame than riding beach breaks and sandbars along a relatively straight coast.
I wasn't planning a trip to pipeline. I barely have money for gas for my car. Foggetabout a plane ticket to Hawaii..lol I was just curious.