You should be able to go through small beach breaks. bigger waves is a little harder.
Perhaps I should work more on my technique. But I am also thinking about adding some rocker to the nose part.
Here the option of making it myself was way more expensive than buying the naish one.
Just the blanks were over double the price...then the alaia has a really nice concave on the bottom, that helps a lot compared to a completely flat one...and it is glassed for strength.
How did you make yours?
I used an inexpensive firwood blank, did not want to go with anything fancy since this was my first experiment. The shape is very similar to Naish alaia but few inches wider. Instead of one bottom concave I created 2 channels with steeper edges, something like this: _/---------\_/---------\_ . I did not use any glassing, just linseed oil so that it would be easy to modify the initial shape if I need it.