Changing of the Guard at

edited December 2012 in KAP Gear Sources
As of December 31, I am going to retire (for the third time), and leave the retail KAP business.

I turned 80 in November, and as some of you know, my feet sorta gave up long ago, so I don't fly kites much anymore. Time to do my photography on the ground now.

Happily, my kits, parts and accessories will still be available through their new home at Great Winds Kite Company in Seattle. Ken Conrad and Suzanne Sadow held my hand when I went into the kite business in the 80s, and Ken is responsible for pushing me into the KAP Kit business in 1999. While they no longer operate a retail store, their sled kits and printed ripstop kites are widely distributed to schools and the outdoor recreation industry. Ken and Suzanne are perfectly suited to take over

Peter Bults will continue to sell brooxes equipment to Europe and the rest of the world through

Changing over the website and PayPal accounts and moving stock to Seattle will take a couple of weeks, so the site will be closed for business until mid-January. We'll let you know when is again open for business.

Thanks to this wonderful KAP community for your support over the years. You're a great bunch, and I've had a stimulating and fulfilling ride with you. But I'm looking forward to having a bit more time without the daily pressures of an online business. I'll still visit the old online haunts, but leave the selling to others.

chin UP!



  • Have a great retirement. I'm new around these parts but it's pretty clear that you are a very highly respected wise Elder of the KAP community. I have a little black aluminium cross and 2 yellow knobs that I think are brilliant. Cheers.
  • Dear Brooks. Wow! Have a great retirement, I do hope to keep reading your post on the forum!
  • Congrats Brooks. Thank you for all for the support getting into KAP over the past few years. Much appreciated.
  • edited December 2012
    I was thinking back to when we first crossed paths and it has to be pushing 25 years ago! Man time flies. Thank you so much for all of the advice, inspiration, connections and kites you have provided to me over the years through your business and involvement with KAP. Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it :)

  • You, almost single-handedly, introduced me to KAP and taught me about the equipment needed. I treasure my downloaded copy of the AERIAL EYE publication. My FLED kite is the work-horse in my quiver of kites. My first KAP rig was the Broox HoBEAK with a Pentax Optio s5i; it still works. On a later rig my AuRiCo controller, purchased from you, is safely encased in a box you make available. I am in your debt.

    When you check your business account you will see that I have attempted to be among those final few lucky clients who have benefitted from your online business. If I have been successful you will not have to transfer as much stock to the new operators.

    I am retired from my academic profession. I can vouch for the fact that retirement is just another phase in being engaged with people and the world; it holds great potential and great satisfaction for those who stay as active as they can be.

    Good fortune, and thanks for all you represent to, and in, the KAP community. Enjoy this third retirement!

  • edited December 2012
    The end of an era!
    I retired 20 years ago and, despite ill health, starting KAP in 2007 made a profound difference to my life and that of my wife Rosie.
    Good luck in your retirement and squeeze as much enjoyment out of it as you can ;o)
  • Wow, We all will miss the Brooks presence in the KAP community. I consider it an honor to have met you at the AKA convention a few years back. The Aerial Eye is a gold mine that you tirelessly put together over many, many years. Your mark on the KAP community and kiting in general will fly for a long, long time. My Brooks BBKK auto KAP rig had a brief Christmas Day Flight....all thanks to you! Enjoy retirement # 3! my wife some times tells me.....go fly a kite!

  • If I were to count the ways in which Brooks has helped, I'd certainly exceed my posting limit. Brooks- you've been a great source of inspiration, help and encouragement, along with the wonderful members of this community. I wish you only the best.
  • Well Brooks best wishes for your third retirement and thanks for everything (which is a lot!).

  • Hi Brooks,

    Many thanks for all input, help and encouragement given in almost 7 years of KAP from Zaandijk, NL. I know you will stay tuned to the KAP community for a long time to come, but you deserve some Out of Office time now.


  • Good luck my friend.......

  • Have a good one Brooks ;-)
  • Thanks for the help and support Brooks, I fly my Brooxes rig with pride!
  • edited December 2012
    Tear in my eye. But much gratitude. From me and all of my flying compadres. The good news is that I know you will be in the wings for a long while, and always in spirit on the wings of our kites, as they soar, often toward the sun.
    Be well my friend,
    and keep in touch!
  • Good luck and happy retirement.

  • Had it not been for you, Brooks, I certainly would not have progressed along the path of kite aerial photography (and then pole aerial photography). Your initial guidance was exactly what I needed and I couldn't be more satisfied with this hobby, even though I don't participate as much as in the earlier years. Thanks again and good luck.
  • There's no such thing as retirement...
  • Do keep coming in here and sharing your knowledge.
    I really could not have entered this KAP endeavor, were it not for you, my friend.
  • Wow! Thanks, guys! Makes me weepy to read all this...

  • Brooks, congratulations on your well-earned retirement and it's great to hear that the legacy will continue into the future.

  • Well-earned is right. Brooks, thanks for everything. And enjoy every minute of your retirement! You've earned it a thousand times over.

  • edited December 2012
    What a nice transition, Ken Conrad and Suzanne Sadow are fabulous and worthy successors for the helm of Brooks' fine enterprise.

    Brooks, you have been so impressive in these endeavors – photographer, critic, inventor, community builder, shopkeeper, and sensei to us all. Thank you!
  • Somehow I can't believe you'll not keeping dropping in here at least! Thanks for all your help over the years.
  • Happy retirement Brooks!
    Thank you for helping me in the very start of my KAPing. You are such a great personality.

  • I can't imagine how many BEAKs and BBEAKs there are round the world. I'm glad Ken Conrad and Suzanne Sadow will be supplying these essentials for us
    Enjoy your new retirement Brooks. The ones with the biggest smiles are the ones who have retired. May you have a big smile for a long time.

    Fly High

  • Have a good retirement Broox.

    All the best, Peter.
  • Thanks Broox for your hard work you did for KAP community!

    It was really nice time to meet you in your home and spend time with you and with your lovely wife! I'm sad that I wasn't able to provide you new gadgets I still developing. Hopefully you have now more time to do things you like. God bless you!
  • Thank you for making my learning curve that much easier and all that you have done for the KAP world, have a great retirement.
  • I'm guessing that handing the business off will free you up to do more of the things you want to do for yourself. Have fun!
  • I hope you have a good and happy retirement Brooks

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