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Video channel of Juan Valdez

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Juan - 2-17-2016 at 02:40 AM

Hi Kiters,
my name Juan and I would like to introduce you my kitebuggy videochannel:



Juan - 4-12-2016 at 10:22 AM

windrider1 - 4-12-2016 at 11:57 AM


Juan - 8-22-2016 at 07:13 AM

Some new vids added

Juan - 10-5-2017 at 09:49 AM

Another vid from Maasvlakte / Holland:

Randy - 10-5-2017 at 11:58 AM

Hey Juan,

Welcome to PKF! Looks like a great place to kite buggy.

I can't read the language, but Safety First was pretty good.

Juan - 10-5-2017 at 03:32 PM

Thanks a lot, Randy:cool:

Les Hemmes 10/2017 part1

Juan - 11-5-2017 at 11:52 PM

abkayak - 11-6-2017 at 04:56 AM

nice vids...you guys get out there real good
congrats on the beer sponsership:thumbup:

Randy - 11-6-2017 at 05:59 AM

Wow - makes me want to go there.

Juan - 11-6-2017 at 06:14 AM

Thank you!!
Yes, a beer sponsorship would be great, but it is just a fake. :wink2:

Come over, Randy! Les Hemmes is the Mekka of all european buggyriders.

Part 2 will follow till end of november...

Les Hemmes 10/2017 part2

Juan - 11-24-2017 at 01:29 AM

Randy - 11-24-2017 at 06:58 AM



Juan - 12-3-2017 at 10:48 AM

Windstruck - 12-3-2017 at 04:05 PM

Juan - these are always exceptionally good videos and this one is no exception! Truly captures the wonderful feel of our fantastic hobby. Thanks for the post.

Randy - 12-3-2017 at 10:45 PM

Well said Steve. Another great vide from Juan!

Juan - 12-4-2017 at 06:17 AM

Thanks a lot, Steve and Randy!!!

jeffnyc - 12-4-2017 at 11:56 AM

Love these Juan! 3:32 looked expensive...
(I am, of course, typing this with my full face helmet on)

Juan - 12-5-2017 at 07:00 AM

Safety first!!!:D
The cam is OK, just the lens of the waterproof housing has one scratch more now:barf:

Juan - 1-9-2018 at 10:48 AM

A cold day at Brouwersdam/Holland:

Randy - 1-9-2018 at 11:19 AM

Juan - your videos are so cool. Keep on posting them.:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

jimbocz - 1-10-2018 at 02:10 AM

Just FYI if anyone is thinking of going there, the beach was pretty soft when I was there. Barrows didn't work.

Juan - 1-10-2018 at 03:56 AM

Thanks Randy!

Yes, Brouwersdam is a little bit soft and usually there are too many people running around. Thats why I only go there in winter and if the winddirection is too bad for Ouddorp or Maasvlakte.

Juan - 1-21-2018 at 03:47 AM

Juan - 1-30-2018 at 09:06 AM

A cold day at Les Hemmes:

abkayak - 1-30-2018 at 11:31 AM

Cheers Juan

jeffnyc - 1-30-2018 at 12:32 PM

Great vid as always! You guys have some great spots to fly there.

Randy - 1-31-2018 at 06:00 AM

:thumbup::thumbup:Keep em coming Juan!

New video

Juan - 4-3-2018 at 07:26 AM

A new video from Ouddorp in Holland

Glx - 4-3-2018 at 11:32 AM

Nice video, as always. I somehow always look at these while at work and have no more desire to continue working. Oh well somehow need to be able to pay for the kites and buggys.
What types of wheels and tires are the ones that I see going on the buggy at the 38s mark?

Juan - 4-3-2018 at 12:24 PM

Thanks a lot!
The wheels are like Landsegler wheels, selfmade by my friend Rinus (the guy in the other videos with number H268). We call them Rinuswheels ;)

Randy - 4-4-2018 at 12:14 PM

I love your videos Juan!

Juan - 4-6-2018 at 06:24 AM

Thanks Randy:thumbup:

Juan - 4-24-2018 at 05:11 AM

jeffnyc - 4-24-2018 at 07:36 PM

Fantastic as always, Juan. You guys have way too much fun :thumbup:

mougl - 4-27-2018 at 06:49 AM

Some fantastic videos!!! I love those beaches!!!!

Les Hemmes 05/2018 part1

Juan - 5-13-2018 at 09:40 AM


Juan - 5-16-2018 at 06:25 AM

cheezycheese - 5-16-2018 at 07:41 AM

Watching these helped me decide on a GT... :thumbup: I wanna be like you when I grow up :D


Juan - 5-16-2018 at 02:53 PM

Thank you, Cheezy!
Yes, the GT-Race is a nice one!
I am just an average hobby rider - if you want to learn, better check out the much better competition riders.

cheezycheese - 5-16-2018 at 03:25 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Juan  
Thank you, Cheezy!
Yes, the GT-Race is a nice one!
I am just an average hobby rider - if you want to learn, better check out the much better competition riders.

I would settle for that level of hobby riding :thumbup: Do you know Jon Muzas..?

Juan - 5-16-2018 at 10:55 PM

I know he is a spanish rider, but I don't know him personally.


Juan - 5-18-2018 at 05:48 AM

cheezycheese - 5-18-2018 at 09:05 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Juan  
I know he is a spanish rider, but I don't know him personally.

I bought his Landsegler wheels. Want them black like your Rinuswheels. Very slick. :thumbup: How close are you to this beach...?

Juan - 5-18-2018 at 09:51 AM

Quote: Originally posted by cheezycheese  
How close are you to this beach...?

Around 430km. From Germany via Belgium to northern France.

jimbocz - 5-19-2018 at 12:36 AM

Hey Juan, what site do you use to figure out what days are good for Les Hemmes? The page I used to use doesn't exist any more.


Juan - 5-19-2018 at 01:51 AM

For checking out the coeff I use:

cheezycheese - 5-19-2018 at 11:18 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Juan  
Quote: Originally posted by cheezycheese  
How close are you to this beach...?

Around 430km. From Germany via Belgium to northern France.

Like myself, this is quite a commitment to buggy. Almost 4-5 hrs driving for you to buggy in supreme location. These videos are just recreational riding...? You guys seem pro level riders for sure. I see why you do 3 day sessions. It seems a camper is almost necessary investment for buggy lifestyle. I noticed in many European videos this is a common accessory.

Juan - 5-19-2018 at 12:06 PM

Yes, just recreational riding. Relaxing!
Some of the guys in the videos are competition riders or on a very high level. My skills are on a much lower level! A pro rider told me that the only way for learning how to ride on a high level is to do races. I dont do any races...
A camper is very useful for traveling to the spots, but its no must have. I use a tent or I rent a mobilehome at the camping.

Juan - 5-22-2018 at 02:49 AM

This spot is only 80km away from me:

Randy - 5-22-2018 at 05:19 AM

:thumbup::thumbup: Looks like a great spot

Les Hemmes 06/2018

Juan - 6-25-2018 at 02:43 PM

The day before the 8h race:

Randy - 6-25-2018 at 04:34 PM

Awesome video:thumbup::thumbup:

8h des Hemmes

Juan - 6-26-2018 at 07:57 AM

jeffnyc - 6-26-2018 at 02:57 PM

Fantastic race, Juan! Great filming/editing as always.

Out of curiosity, can you tell me more about it? Who puts it on, where does everyone come from, how many laps etc... Is this like a major European thing, or just a bunch of friends getting together? Did you guys finish however many laps you needed to, or do they just count how many laps you do in 8 hrs?

Is that one of those popup kickstarter tents in the poster frame on your video? Do they work as advertised? :)

Juan - 6-27-2018 at 02:08 AM

Thank you, Jeff!

The event was hosted by the french buggyclub Les Islandais. Its a funrace, no official championship, but the best european riders compete there. I am glad that slower hobbyriders are welcome, too.;) The riders come from france, netherlands, belgium, germany, UK, spain and of course colombia. OK, the colombian team consists of german colombians:D
Yes, they count the laps the teams do in 8h. I dont know how many because the results are not online.

I think the tent is a standard one. Maybe a quechua from the shop decathlon...

RedSky - 6-27-2018 at 06:19 AM

Good video :thumbup: I don't follow the racing side of things, so I'm surprised to see that you all fly depower. There was a time when no one flew depower. I guess they started to win races?

Juan - 6-27-2018 at 07:27 AM

I think it started around 2013 with Ozone Chrono. Nowadays you can not compete without a depower racekite. The 8h was dominated by the brandnew Peter Lynn Aero2.

Windstruck - 6-27-2018 at 08:14 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Juan  
I think it started around 2013 with Ozone Chrono. Nowadays you can not compete without a depower racekite. The 8h was dominated by the brandnew Peter Lynn Aero2.

I'm curious if any bonefide racer takes the Born-Kite SS RaceStar series seriously? Have any shown up on the racing circuit? It has a 6:1 AR, similar I believe to the leading DP race kites out there but I don't know if there are any advantages for SS in a race. Packing small, being light weight, and taking off / staying aloft in low wind just don't seem to me like advantages for racing, but I have zero exposure to the race circuit for kite buggies. Any insight on this topic would be appreciated.

Sorry right up front for the temporary thread hijack. I love your videos and watch each of them as you post them and absolutely share your stoke. Your own beer bottles! Outstanding. :thumbup:

slapbasswoody - 6-27-2018 at 11:06 AM

Great video Juan,

I do miss buggying at Les Hemmes, especially when the tide is low enough to ride out to the tower.
Pretty much everyone is on de-power foil kites for racing now.
Fixed bridal race kites are just not competitive any more. The de-power foils have such a larger wind window which is the main reason for them staying ahead of the pack.
On a 2-3 mile course the wind changes pretty much all the time so it makes sense to be powered up all the time using a de-power foil.
They are easier to fly too.

Juan - 6-27-2018 at 02:41 PM

I never tried the racestar, but I saw it the day before the race at the beach. It seems to be better than other single skin depower kites, but its not fast enought for races. I heard that the reason is that it stops if you depower it. But its the first generation, maybe the next can compete? I think its an interesting concept for a good price!
We dont have our own beerbottles:lol: Club Colombia is a real colombian beer, but it tastes bad. I prefer Aguila;)
I am no fast rider, but look at the orange Vapor in front of me in the video. It drifts to the left and I can overtake him inside without drifting, because I could depower the kite (2:04min).

You have been at LH?:thumbup:
Yes, the depowerkites are better upwind and downwind and the maneuvers are easier to handle.
Cool that you use ChronoV2, too:thumbup:

Windstruck - 6-27-2018 at 03:03 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Juan  

... it stops if you depower it.

That is accurate! It is one of the things I like about Born-Kite DPs. I understand how that would not be desirable for maxing out speed while working the kite, but as a casual (read wimpy) pilot I prize these kites ability to DP like that. Great safety valve when you want to seriously take your foot off the gas pedal!

Too funny about the beer! Too bad it tastes bad. :barf:

jeffnyc - 6-27-2018 at 06:17 PM

Thank Juan! I expect your team to do no less than 1st place next year, now that you've worked the bugs out
Sounds absolutely grueling. I'll show up with my land board next year, so I guess you should expect 2nd place! :D

Juan - 6-27-2018 at 10:35 PM

For sure, Jeff:lol::thumbup:

LH 07 2018 part1

Juan - 7-12-2018 at 12:48 AM

cheezycheese - 7-12-2018 at 07:46 AM

As always Juan, great video. But where are all the tourists and beachgoers...?
Is that not a beach for swimming/sunbathing....? We could never get out like that in July... :mad:

Juan - 7-12-2018 at 09:08 AM

Its no typical beach for swimming (the water is too far away from the dune) and its not a typical region for tourists. Most of the tourists are buggy pilots:D
At the dutch beaches, we have the same problem as you...

Wait for part2 - it will be much better!

part 2

Juan - 7-13-2018 at 02:56 AM


Juan - 7-25-2018 at 06:35 AM

part 4

Juan - 7-26-2018 at 10:14 PM

Juan - 8-7-2018 at 10:59 AM

cheezycheese - 8-7-2018 at 12:41 PM

Awesome as always Juan. What are you using for editing...?

Juan - 8-7-2018 at 01:06 PM

Thanks! I use the good old iMovie:cool:

Les Hemmes 09/2018

Juan - 9-24-2018 at 12:43 AM

Juan - 10-24-2018 at 06:40 AM

jeffnyc - 10-24-2018 at 07:38 AM

You need to race with that mask... put terror in the hearts of the competition!

smiler8401 - 10-24-2018 at 08:19 AM

minute 1.30 -1.60 ..looking at the flag . it could be really low wind .

cheezycheese - 10-24-2018 at 11:11 AM

Great video Juan!! The Rinuswheels look great in action :thumbup: you make this look fun :D

Juan - 10-24-2018 at 02:39 PM

Thank you, guys!:thumbup:
Yes, the Rinuswheels are fantastic, but bigfoots were the better choice for conditions like last week. The beach wasnt flat and too soft for the wheels.
I prefer using them on wet beach, grass or asphalt.
But I had no choice because I left my bigfoots at home.;)

Juan - 10-26-2018 at 02:36 AM

cheezycheese - 10-26-2018 at 04:36 AM

Another sweet one Juan. I have been wanting to do this thru the wheel shot for a while. Looks great. You guys always have a good time. :thumbup:

Juan - 10-27-2018 at 05:14 AM

Its nice for some short scenes. Next time, I will try to place the cam under the axle.


Juan - 10-30-2018 at 01:59 AM

cheezycheese - 10-30-2018 at 05:08 AM

Very cool :thumbup: never heard that version of 'Chan-Chan' before. Nice choice.

Juan - 10-30-2018 at 05:16 AM

Sons of Cuba - the next generation:thumbup:

LH 11 2018 part1

Juan - 11-22-2018 at 10:23 AM


Juan - 11-25-2018 at 05:34 AM

BCH Oliebollenmeeting 12/2018

Juan - 1-1-2019 at 11:21 PM

RedSky - 1-2-2019 at 02:39 AM


Maasvlakte 12/2018

Juan - 1-5-2019 at 05:10 AM

jeffnyc - 1-5-2019 at 10:54 AM

lol - I think we can all relate to the bug rolling away at the beach... priceless how long it took to notice :D

Also... "Save the whales" :D

Awesome vid as usual Juan!

Randy - 1-5-2019 at 11:31 AM

Everytime I see one of your video's Juan I wonder how difficult it would be to move to a coastal location in Europe. :)

Juan - 1-6-2019 at 04:26 AM

Thank you guys:)

Juan - 2-19-2019 at 11:26 PM

Randy - 2-20-2019 at 05:49 AM

Wow - you guys know how to have fun. Looked like a close call with trees a few times. Like the "Muscle Car". :D:thumbup:

jeffnyc - 2-20-2019 at 07:32 AM

That was the most disappointing snowkite get together ever! Isn't it supposed to be winter right now? :D

Field looks fun - did you make a new personal best speed record on the path? GTO was great - should switch music to "Sabotage".

Juan - 2-20-2019 at 09:19 AM

Thanks guys!
One time, the tree was too close at 1:54min...
It was pretty warm for wintertime - around 16 degrees celsius. No speed record, only 48km/h highspeed.
I made a new upload with nicer colors for the GTO scenes.

RedSky - 2-20-2019 at 03:35 PM

Fun video. Thumbs up. :thumbup:

Les Hemmes 03/2019 part1

Juan - 3-5-2019 at 11:14 PM

Juan - 3-9-2019 at 03:49 AM

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