I'm thinking about ordering an XTC 865 because I think it would be a decent all around travel surf rod. I like that fact that it is in only three pieces. I also tend to like spinning blanks for casting rods, and so maybe I'll like it since I think it was probably first a spinning blank instead of a casting blank. However, it does not have a "surf" handle. Will that make it less versatile in the sudsA? Lastly, anybody know how many guides it has?