Some honest and hard hitting questions for the pros who are currently competing in Turkmenistan. For those interested there are a number of discussions taking place on various social media pages about the event, so we thought we'd try to bring it to one place. Check out the Q & A over the next few pages and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Special thanks to our man on the scene, Jordy Vonk, for helping make this one happen, follow his daily updates here.
Where did you spent more time, on the toilet or on the water?
Enes Yilmazer: I’m totally fine, no problems with the stomach so far. So I spent more time on the water !
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: I’m even combining it, I went for it in the water, haha. But now half way the event I’m feeling fine again.
Taty Frans: On the water! I’ve been totally fine, but I guess I’m also a bit lucky, have seen a lot of people suffering out here.
Marco Lang: In my situation on the toilet, sadly I was out first round. It was my worst day with my stomach, didn’t had any power to keep my 3rd position that race.
Jordy Vonk: Guess about the same! I was suffering a few days going to the toilet a lot, but I also spended some time on the water. Next time I will bring some more medicines.
The racing so far, would you have counted all races?
Enes Yilmazer: The first round qualifying counted, but there are some difficult decisions, I’m not saying that I would count it 100%. It was light wind for sure, so I understand peoples doubts.
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: I would count the ones I did, my first heat and semi final there were pretty good winds. But I did both heats during the onshore winds, the heat during the offshore wind was definitely not enough if you ask me.
Taty Frans: No, some races were really on the edge. Even for me it was very light during some races, I’m one of the lightest guys out there and still having a hard time planing.
Marco Lang: In my heat I was not sure. At some marks we had less then 7/8 knots for sure. But I kind off understand that they want to push for a result with a forecast like this. I’m not sure if it’s better to get a result which is maybe not fair or no result at all..
Jordy Vonk: I would not count all races, so many guys stuck at the mark just doesn’t look good. My first round was pretty good, made 2 planing jibes which was pretty exclusive, haha. I think we should be racing in light conditions, but now it was sometimes touching below the limit.
Would you like to come back next year again?
Enes Yilmazer: absolutely, this is by far the best organisation that’s has been done and helps the riders the most. The staff are super friendly and this can be a long term relationship, 100% I’m in.
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: I’m not really sure. The accommodation is great and I think were just unlucky with the wind, but reading some more things about the country I think PWA should think about this.
Taty Frans: Of course, it’s good to discover some new locations and see how the people react. Guess we are just unlucky with the wind at the moment. Maybe next year it will be super windy!
Marco Lang: Yes, the organisation and everything is good, so I would like to give it another shot.
Jordy Vonk: I think a lot of people would have a completely different look at this place if we had great wind at the moment. We’re just unlucky with that and I think this can be a great event when we have wind. The organisation is really good, but maybe it’s better to put in on another date.
Your most eye opening moment so far?
Enes Yilmazer: So far it’s the fact that it’s all desert around and with money and vision it shows that it is possible to create paradise. It’s all green, you come back from racing and you go to the spa. It’s really a luxury life, amazing how they created this.
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: There is a place on the event where there are some traditional tents with people playing local music, showing history and mostly being really honest. That was a really nice experience for me.
Taty Frans: A lot of people have gold teeth! I was totally surprised by that, because in Bonaire it’s more a gangster thing but here even women have it.
Marco Lang: The golden teeth, I just don’t understand, haha.
Jordy Vonk: The moment we drove to the accommodation we had 3 line highways with not another car on it. Workers along the road to keep everything clean and a truck driving in wrong direction straight our way. It seems like everything is possible here!