Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Where the Pirita River flows into the Baltic Sea begins a lovely sand beach that curves northward into a wide cove. Evergreen trees grow to the edge of the beach and buffer the sunbathers and beachcombers from suburban hustle.

My son Drew learned online that Pirita Beach is one of two beaches in Estonia used for kite-boarding. He and his brother Stephen are enthusiastic kite-boarders. Sure enough, the very first day we were here I saw a boarder’s kite high above the tree line along the shore. The next day we walked down to the beach and found the Hawaiian Express, a sales and rental center for windsurfing and kite-boarding.

Although I haven’t yet found a kite-boarder with my camera, I did take these photos of windsurfers. If you study these photos closely, you should be able to infer wind direction, obstacles, and air and water temperature. Yes, one obstacle could be the man on the jetty—Aarne. You will also be able to see how far Hawaii is from the Pirita Cloister. I hope these bleak photos will be useful to all of you interested in the martyrdom potential of Pirita Beach.


DrewEndy said...

Awesome. Pray for wind!

DrewEndy said...

Great photos. The wind looks side shore (which is great) but not very strong (which is not so great). The water looks chilly.