I reckon spinning reels are the most convenient for surfcasting. Depending on what sort of fishing you do you can use a smaller freespool like an abu 7000 or other salmon type reel but they’re way to small for me. Reels like the Daiwa slosh are alright but don’t have a level wind so takes a bit of getting used to for surf fishing. As for alvey I’ve never used one so can’t comment but from what I’ve heard they’re very reliable reels that should last for a long time, and also have a good line capacity. Freespools and Alveys are best fished low mount.