I don't think there is any misconception about this sport being in-expensive. Having said that, I bet if you compare rod stats side by side, you may want to go with the lamiglas super surf.
8 1/2 oz.
two to six ounce lures and the blank only weighs 8.5 oz. That's pretty good, and it has a heavy line rating too. And it's a one piece rod.
That's what I would get.
It's true, surf king only has one year warranty, all other models have lifetime.
I know the Tsunami rods claim to be light weight, but it's going to be hard to beat an 8.5 oz blank.