Island breezes literally blew the idea for the paddlesail into my head. While Stand Up Paddlin' (or Suppin') one windy day at Magens Bay, I thought to myself: Wouldn't it be fun to attach a sail to my paddle and experience the thrill of sailing without having to invest thousands in sailing or windsurfing equipment and lessons?
Out came the shower curtain and some duct tape, which constituted the first prototype. I tested it in St. Thomas and also at my other island home of Catalina Island, California where I grew up -- in, on and around the water. It worked great, and the experience of gliding across the bay on nature's original fuel was just as exhilarating as I had imagined it would be.
The Ta'loo-ard Paddlesail has since evolved! Ta'loo-ard is the phonetic spelling for the phrase "to leeward" which means to travel downwind. That seemed like a an apt name for this downwind-only sail.
Having retired from a 30+ year career as a school teacher in California, I've relocated to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands where I always keep a sail attached to my paddle just in case a breeze is blowin'.