Having just hooked into a monster ray in Fuerteventura I think it's worth mentioning the rod that coped admirably with the fight. It was the Koike Acer 7-section travel beachcaster. At around £80 it is remarkably good value for money and extremely well built.
This rod took a pounding that night and spent 70 minutes almost at full-bend. It never once felt like it would let me down. I know it took me a long time to choose a travel beachcaster but if you are thinking of getting one, look no further!
this was a write up on the wirral sea fishing forum from 2015 and the price is still only £80.00