Thanks for the recommendation!---You live in a great area. If you plan on living on the Island for most of your life chances are your going to do some surf casting troughout your time here. I recommend you invest some money into your equipment.I would recommend a Lamiglas GSB1081L.This a 9' blank with light action. It's perfect for most situations on the north shore. You can even feel those light 1/4 oz jigs if need be. For a reel look into a penn slammer560. THe 560 is a little beefy for the 9' but if you also get a 10 ' you can make the switch. I have used the slammer for a couple of months now with no problems. It's a reel that has not been truly tested yet as it is new on the market, but i got about 60 hours on it and 20 of those are under water. It's also easy to maintain -not too many parts. Spool it up with mono. I say mono because it's going to be much easier to work with for you as your just starting out. As you grow upgrade to a braid.15lb test is my recommendation-Ande or Berkly big game.The set up will cost you about $375 but you will be happy with it and it will be something you have for a very long time. THe romantic side of Surffishing are sunsets,finning bass,calm clar waters, gentle walks on the beach,moon lit nights and so on. The not so romantic side are gnats,bats,waves that hit you where it hurts,fights with loved ones b/c your going out at 2 am --again, frustrating nights when you can't buy a fish,absolutely limited amounts of sleep --and so on---Be prepared for both. Talk to your local taclke dealers,and try to learn something every time you go out.GOOD LUCK-and welcome!!