Photo: Apurimac 2017
"We will always have something that will brings us together and that is the river"
Photo: WWGP Chile 2012 - Erik Boomer
Photo: 2016 Scholarship's winner, Lorenzo Vellutino, Garburator Wave - Ottawa, Canada
Juanito was born in the town of Urubamba located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco, Peru in October 20th 1980.
He started kayaking at a very young age (8 years old) because of his father, Tony de Ugarte who was National Champion in the 80's. Thanks to this and all his dedication to the sport, he had the opportunity to travel around the world for various international competitions, giving him the opportunity to interact with many of the best kayakers in the world.
In 2012 he became part of the Tribe Rider Team, he was coach in the Keeners program in the Ottawa Kayak School since 2013 and finally he became part of the Jackson Kayaks Team in 2014.
Juanito passed away on November 13th 2014 after running Salto de Nilahue a unique waterfall in Los Rios, southern region of Chile.