After ultrarunner Karl Meltzer broke the Appalachian Trail record, he told Trail Runner magazine that the way he passed the time during his 45-day, 22-hour trek was by listening to tons of music.
“There was a lot of Grateful Dead, but not the studio stuff — the stuff where they really get jamming for a long time,” Meltzer told Trail Runner. “I like that jam stuff.”
The notion that someone on the Appalachian Trail would be a big fan of the Grateful Dead isn’t groundbreaking, but it did pique our interest as to what else is on top athletes’ playlists.
Combing through interviews and social media posts, we came up with this completely unscientific list of what we imagine is playing inside the headphones of select action sports stars:
Danny Davis: Led Zeppelin
Two-time X Games gold medalist Danny Davis has spoken extensively about his musical taste, is an ambassador for Martin Guitars and is a co-founder of the Frendly Gathering Music Festival, which he helps organize every year.
He also contributes playlists to Burton Snowboards’ Spotify page, from which it’s clear: Danny Davis loves Led Zeppelin.
In fact, he loves Zeppelin so much that he adorned the bottom of his 2017 Burton Easy Livin signature board with the band’s iconic symbols from their untitled fourth album.
Theotis Beasley: Lil Wayne
Pro skateboarder Theotis Beasley‘s close friendship with Lil Wayne and love of all things Young Money Entertainment is well-documented.
Beasley told Yahoo earlier this year he’s been helping Wayne improve his skateboarding.
Henrik Harlaut: Wu-Tang
This one was easy.
The two-time X Games gold medalist famously echoed the words of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard at the 2014 Sochi Olympics following his run in the men’s slopestyle event, smiling for the camera before exclaiming that “Wu-Tang is for the children!”
As POWDER profiled, Harlaut goes bonkers for the rap group.
He’s collaborated with the Wu-Tang’s Masta Killa to design a ski helmet for Bern, hung out with Raekwon at Coachella and even got Raekwon to create an original song for his upcoming ski film Be Inspired, which will be released on Nov. 1:
Kelly Slater: Eddie Vedder
Kelly Slater isn’t at a loss for high profile friends (He’s surfed with Chris Hemsworth and drawn tattoos for Miley Cyrus in recent months) but his friendship with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is unique because of just how tight the duo is.
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