Re: How many of you have broken rods while casting?
Sounds like a defective rod. It could also have been a hook nick, if you have ever hit the rod with the line while casting. Sometimes all it takes is a little insignificant scratch to make a weak spot in the rod. No sure fire way to tell. Send it in under the warranty and they will check the rod. If it is a defect they fix it for free if it was some type of abuse they will charge you.
One thing is for certain, you did not break they rod by trying to cast to much line!!