US Open Of Surfing Athlete Playlists

For some, it’s obscure Swedish death metal bands like Bathory. For others, it’s Carly Rae Jepsen. It’s no secret that music is a key motivator for the world’s best surfers and skateboarders — especially when the whole world is watching. Here’s what a few of this year’s US Open competitors had to say about what’s been moving them lately. (via usopenofsurfing.com)
Yadin Nicol
Yadin Nicol

Q: You’re heading to the beach for the first day of a big competition – what’s your go-to song to get yourself into the right mindset?
A: “I Don’t Like” (Remix) By Chief Keef

Q: Competition is over and you’re back at the hotel – what’s playing in your headphones?
A: “Strawberry Skies.” By Games

Q: Any bands out there that you think more people should be listening to?
A: Games, The Jezebels, and Blondfire

Q: Best concert you’ve ever attended?
A: Either the 2006/2007 Big Day Out. Iggy and The Stooges and The Chemical Brothers were pretty nuts.

Q: Spanning any decade – who would you love to see perform at the US Open of Surfing?
A: Iggy would be crazy! Muse. Anything but Weezer :)

Eric Koston

@erickoston

Q: You’re heading to the skate park for the first day of a big competition – what’s your go-to song to get yourself into the right mindset?
A: “Bite It, You Scum” By GG Allin

Q: Competition is over and you’re chilling back at the hotel – what’s playing through your headphones?
A: “Grindin’” (Remix) By Clipse feat. N.O.R.E, Baby & Lil Wayne

Q: Any bands out there that you think more people should be listening to?
A: Not really sure, but people should listen to bands that they never listen to. Go to iTunes and play download roulette.

Q: Best concert you’ve ever attended?
A: Radiohead @ Hollywood Bowl, Summer 2008

Q: Spanning any decade – who would you love to see perform at the US Open of Surfing?
A: Suicidal Tendencies

Theotis Beasley

@TheotisB

Q: You’re heading to the skate park for the first day of a big competition – what’s your go-to song to get yourself in the right mindset?
A: “No Lie” By 2 Chainz

Q: Day’s over and you’re chilling back at the hotel – what’s playing in your headphones?
A: Rick Ross

Q: Any bands out there that you think more people should be listening to?
A: No Age

Q: Best concert you’ve ever been to?
A: Jay-Z and Kanye – Watch The Throne

Q: Spanning any decade – who would you like to see perform at the US Open of Surfing?
A: Aaliyah

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