January 29, 2006
Tropical Fish from New Zealand

Those New Zealand kiters come up with the coolest stuff!

We are pleased to be working with Robert vanWeers on a variety of projects. The latest is his series of inflatable Marine Tropical Fish.

Our first big Marine Tropical is the "Moorish Idol" (Zanclus cornutus if you speak Latin) The Idol has a very long, white, sickle-shaped dorsal fin, two broad black bars on the body, and a colored saddle across the snout.

We make them a bit bigger than you normally find in nature – 3 meters (about 9 feet). And if you are thinking of making one yourself, be warned. There are no straight seams so be prepared to catch up on your curve sewing! It isn’t as easy as it looks!

A string of Idols makes a wonderful impact in the sky. But you can start with one for just $240 and then add more to the line later. Let us know what color you'd like!

Moorish Idol

Longnose Butterfly

The second of our Marine Tropical Series is a "Copper Banded Butterfly Fish" (Chelmon Rostratus), also known as beaked or Longnose Butterfly. We call them LBF for short. They are attached to the line in two places and are very similar in structure to the Idols. They are also a bit complex to build and consist of around 60 panels.

We’re offering the LBF in the hefty 3 meter size for $240. (That’s about nine feet). Get creative and we’ll make any colors if you like.

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So with a cool new string of Idols or Butterfly, you need a new lifter too! We have just the thing!

For 2006, GKPI is introducing our own new Flowform. Similar in profile to the Sutton and HQ, this lifter is guaranteed to be stable and reliable. We've sized the kite at 6.75 x 9.25 feet. It doesn’t generate as much vertical power as a Pilot, but will certainly get your show airborne with a minimum of fuss.

SkyForm SkyForm

The SkyForm 60 is attractively priced at $185. Choose one of six panel patterns in your choice of colors, or open your paint program and design something unique. As long as you stick with eight cells and five keels, we'll do whatever you want!

Here's a deal you're gonna love! To kick things off, we'll discount the fish or the kite by 20% through Valentine's Day.

Gomware! Some days are just too hot for our long sleeve canton fleece pullovers. No problem! We are now fully stocked on short sleeve polos too!

Choose black or white and let us know your size. Fully embroidered with our cool eagle logo for $25.

And yes, we still have the tough long sleeve pullovers in black if it isn't quite warm enough where you are for napping on the field yet.

SS GomWare

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