I live in San Diego.
I try to really limit what I take into the surf.
I bring a small backpack tackle bag with lots of possibilities and often 2 poles to pick at the beach - the bag and one rod stay in my car.
I wear a fishing / sun shirt with 2 big chest pockets as an overshirt.
I carry pliers, forceps, and a knife on my belt, stuff a small mesh bag in a pocket (in case I catch a keeper), and load 2 small plano boxes in the chest pockets (hooks, sinkers & selected surf lures). And I am ready to fish.
I tend to fish by wading and I slowly move from undertow area to undertow area.
I am mostly a catch and release guy ((( because I seem to mostly catch small fish )))