I'm a beginner surfer and have been devotedly down at the beach practicing my pop up in the whitewash for a few months now, after disastrously trying to surf the bigger waves from the get go.
So, my board of choice is a 7"6 NSP Funboard which is serving me well and I'm popping up with no trouble on the white wash and have started being able to steer the board... until it slows down about 1 sec later. I'm ready to upgrade to something a little more challenging (wave wise) or at least a longer ride but have no real idea how to catch an unbreaking wave. I'm also a little bit nervous - when I started learning I spent most of my time nosediving and getting dumped... repeatedly.
If anyone has any suggestions that would be most excellent - my local surf break is a beach break which can be pretty unforgiving to learner surfers, there's a reef break nearby which seems more suitable (read: gently breaking, versus enormous dumping monster waves) but looks pretty shallow... am worried that my lack of steering could result in a broken head... advice? Ideas? Ta.