One of the most important accessories you can have with you when you go surf fishing is a sand spike, which is used to hold your rod while you are either waiting for a bit or just a place to put your rod while you rig your rod. I never go surf fishing without a sand spike of some sort.
I use several different types of sand spikes depending on where I'm fishing. For example, if I'm fishing the surf at the ocean I use a sand spike that 50 to 60 inches in length and if I'm fishing the bay I use a much shorter sand spike that is made of PVC pipe. Also if I'm fishing an area such as jetty rocks or a rocky bank like at Point Lookout State Park in Maryland I'll use a long sand spike made of PVC pipe which can be wedged into the rocks. There are several sand spikes you can purchase for under 25 bucks but you can make a sand spike for as little as a couple of dollars.
Either sand spike will do the job just remember to sink them at least a foot deep into the sand to keep the big fish from pulling them over into the ocean or sand. A sand spike is must have when hitting the surf and nothing could be better than sitting on a beach watching the waves crash in with a rod in a sand spike waiting for a bite.