The 8 weight had a little too much backbone to make sport out of it. They took off strong initially then give up after running back and forth a couple of times parallel to the beach. If I could cast a sinktip through the wind with a lighter rod I would. The next heaviest rod I own is a 5 weight and that wouldn't have gotten the job done.
Gotta admit that the challenge of fishing in the Pacific surf is something worth trying. I'll definately have another go sometime, but maybe with a buddy, in case one of us takes a bad step.