When Athletes Go Musical

When outdoor athletes put down their gear and pick up guitars

   

When Les Stroud isn’t filming the Discovery Channel’s Survivorman or offering advice on how to overcome life-threatening situations, from storms to alligator attacks, he plays guitar and harmonica with blues-rock outfits. He’s not alone—here are a few of the adventurers and athletes who moonlight as musicians, not always with resounding success.

Kelly Slater: surfer, singer, guitarist
Notable sport-inspired lyric: Black sand on the beaches / White wave on the water / And I think of you / And I think of you (“Hawaii”)


Les Stroud: survivorman, guitarist, harmonica player, singer
Notable sport-inspired lyric: Snow, winter, spruce boughs for a floor / Fur, fire, keep the body warm / Where eagles fly and the caribou lie is where we got to be / The wolf waits there for me (“Snowshoes
and Solitude
”)


Rush Sturges: whitewater kayaker, rapper
Notable sport-inspired lyric:
Canyons and rains / Floods through the plains / Blood pump in my veins / We are one in the same (“Who Am I”)

Sara Mancuso (a.k.a. Smokey Jones): skier, singer
Notable sport-inspired lyric:
None that we could find. Good for you, Smokey.

Makua Rothman: surfer, ukulelist
Notable sport-inspired lyric: Andy Irons / Andy Irons / Mr. Andy Irons / Andy Irons (“Andy Irons Tribute Song”)

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