Our story began in 2014 when Moshe Roimi lost two pairs of glasses during a normal day at the beach with his small children. One wave knocked the glasses off his face and in a second they disappeared in the water. This happened twice on two separate occasions. Beyond the significant financial loss (about 500 dollars), it’s no fun coming back home without the glasses you like and have become accustomed to. From that moment on, Moshe realized that this a very common problem, and sought a solution. All of the existing solutions were insufficient – some large and cumbersome, others simply did not float the glasses, and some even damaged them. In 2018, the vision was crystallized, how to change the way people wear glasses during marine activity, in order that this phenomenon of losing glasses would become a thing of the past.
After a long period of research and development, and with the help of a dedicated team, we arrived at the desired result – a floating accessory made from soft, user-friendly material, very light and with especially high floatability. We believe in simplicity; therefore, we made sure that the float’s connection to the glasses will be quick and easy. We also made sure it will not be felt on your face, but also big enough to be easily spotted in the water when needed.
G-float is made in Israel by Foamotive Ltd, a world-renowned company specializing in foam parts for the automotive industry, manufactured with a unique technology. Among the company’s customers are major auto brands such as Bentley, Lamborghini, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, airlines and shipping companies, defense industries, as well as other industries from a wide range of areas. In addition to its main facility in Israel, Foamotive has manufacturing plants in Mexico and Romania, which enable quick production and delivery to European countries and the USA.
Our team currently number about ten employees. All of us are proud to be part of a revolution ensuring that the smile will remain on people’s faces during marine activity, even with sunglasses or eyeglasses. It is important to us as a company to give people with disabilities an opportunity for employment. Therefore, our packaging processes are run by an organization that is a home for people with mental and physical challenges. This is a great privilege to us, to give people employment and see the joy on their faces when busy packing our products.
G-float has become a good friend of both professional and amateur rowing teams. Some have found rowing to be an opportunity for personal empowerment while coping with health challenges. To learn more about the technology behind the GFLOAT – Click here.
We are proud of our G-float product which has, within a short time, reached the awareness of thousands of sea enthusiasts who love our float, and have recommended it to their friends as well. Professional customers too have discovered the great value it offers their customers, sparing them from anguish and frustration, and keeping them joyful and happy while pursuing marine activity.
For thousands of years, sailing in dragon boats has been associated with Chinese tradition and culture. At the bow of each boat there is a dragon’s head, and dragon’s tails at the stern. Each boat seats 20 rowers, 10 on each side, with wooden oars symbolizing the dragon’s legs. In addition, each boat has a both a drummer and a person in charge of the rudders. In general, the rowing is for distances of 200, 500 or 1,000 meters but also greater distances on traditional festivals.
Sailing in dragon boats is unionized under the auspices of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) established in 1991. Since then, the organization has seen rapid development. At present, 33 years after the first international festival held in 1976 in Hong Kong, there are more than 50 million registered members in China, 300 thousand in Europe, 90 thousand in the USA and Canada, as well as thousands in Australia, New Zealand and various countries in the Middle East.
Dragon boat racing is divided into two different categories: a competition race and festival races. Competition races at events organized by IDBF or its European and Asian counterparts EDBF and ADBF are carried out by professional international teams. Alongside the competitive area are also championships and recreation events for whoever wants to enjoy what this unique sport has to offer. One of the things that make dragon boat racing so popular is the fact that a team of rowers can become competitive very quickly, without its members having had any prior knowledge of the sport itself or any other type of rowing for that matter.
Many teams that take part in these recreational events come from community teams, teams of commercial companies or organizations, and dragon boat sailing is a great way of creating greater group cohesiveness, which strengthens the team spirit.
Sailing in dragon boats is a relatively new area of marine sports in the Western World; however, it is generally agreed that it has a bright future. As of the year 2022, it is the fastest growing water sport, and has a very good chance of becoming an Olympic sport in the near future. One of the advantages of this unique water sport is the fact that it is a recreational activity that anyone can take part in according to his or her own individual level, goals, and physical fitness. This is what makes this rowing sport so special.
In rowing it is important to maintain good technique and keep in rhythm with your partners, and this requires keen concentration. With G-Float you can be sure your favorite glasses are protected while moving rapidly and professionally towards the finish line.
We at GFLOAT are proud of the privilege of allowing the dragon boat rowing community to engage in marine activities with glasses without worrying about them. Contact us for a special offer for you.