A somersaulting kite surfer whipped a fishing rod off Saltburn Pier “like a javelin” – leaving its owner reeling.
Furious fisherman Peter Tomlinson, 72, has spoken of his anger after his £570 gear was sent flying into the North Sea at “60 or 70 miles per hour”.
Mr Tomlinson, from Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, had been enjoying an afternoon at the seaside on a windy day before the incident left him “feeling sick”.
He said the zigzagging kite surfer was flying along from the Redcar direction when his day was ruined.
The pensioner told Teesside Live: “I tied my rod to the railings, all of a sudden, this kite surfer came out the pier and the rod went straight over the end.
“I bet it went 60 or 70mph.
“The surfer turned round and saw what he had done and he legged it back to Redcar.”
The fishing fanatic, who has a caravan in Topcliffe, near Thirsk, so he can visit the North-east coast with wife Kathleen, 65, added: “What’s making me mad is I bought this rod and it cost me £400.
“It’s a top of the range rod, the reel was about £170.”
The angler said he wants to warn kite surfers not to get so close to the pier, fearing they “will kill” someone and urged fishermen to keep an eye on their rods.
He said: “It’s made me feel as though I’m an idiot, it’s something a guy couldn’t predict.
“It went like a javelin over the end of the pier.”
Mr Tomlinson said the incident happened at around 1.20pm on June 22 and the surfer had an orange kite with black bars.
Earlier this year the pier celebrated its 150th anniversary in style as around 150 volunteers donned Victorian dress and packed the seafront.
It’s a popular spot for fishermen, along with those wanting to stroll the 681ft feet out into the sea.