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Hello! Thank you for visiting The Kite Connection.

I started this company in 1983 at age 16. While in high school, a friend of mine got me hooked on sport kites (thank you Dan Lair). I found a store here in HB (a bikini shop) that sold sport kites. How cool was that, a 16 year old kid who had a totally legitimate reason for patronizing a bikini shop (ok, so maybe a few more trips than absolutely necessary). Anyway, to make a long story short, the owner and I had an agreement: I sent her a lot of business, she gave me a big discount. One day, for no apparent reason, the discounts stopped, our agreement ended (unfortunately so did the visits to the bikini shop, bummer), and "Dave's Kite Connection" was born. With the wonderful support of my family, and Cindy Edieken (former owner of Rainbow Kite Company, and widow of the late Steve Edieken, a legend in the kite industry), I started selling kites out of my parents' home here in Huntington Beach. Back then, it was Top of the Line, Rainbow's, and Action Kites.

Now, after 31 years, a Speech Pathology degree, a 9 month, 32 country back packing trip around the world, and a few interesting (to put it mildly) business ventures, "The Kite Connection" is still going strong.

I have always tried to offer the highest quality products at extremely competitive prices, combined with world class service, and honest, sound advice. I suggest you read product descriptions and reviews carefully. You may find a great product, but it may not be great for you. I also urge you to use our toll free number, it isn't there for me.

2014 brings some exciting changes at The Kite Connection. We are now situated in our new building of 600 plus sq.ft (with 12.5' ceilings). Toys and games are a new and very exciting product line we are greatly expanding. I spend 4 days at TOY FAIR in New York every February finding the very best and most fun, unique products available. I hope you like the changes we are making. Please let us know how you think we are doing. In my 30 plus years in business, I have learned there is always a lot more to learn, and you can always improve.

With that said, I hope you enjoy your experience at the Kite Connection website. If you are not totally pleased, you can bet I am not either. Thank you all for your support.

Warmest Regards,

Dave Shenkman, Founder & CEO

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