I recommend you check out the TFO (temple forks outfitters) series of rods. They offer a great product backed by great customer service and one of the best warranties in the business. They offer a wide range of rods including a two handed rod that might be just the ticket for your surf fishing - The TFO TiCr X 12' 12 wt. Head over to the speyclave and do a search about two handers in the salt and surf and you'll find lots of information. Worth checking out for sure. If you're set on a single hander again, I recommend the TFO TiCr X series.
As for your gift certificate, I'd use it for the accessories you'll need.