Getting massive air requires major riffs. If you look closely at a tape of Shaun White's gold medal–winning run at the Vancouver Olympics, you'll see he's wearing headphones, as many snowboarders do, to get musical inspiration for halfpipe-bending twists and flips. Wondering how he gets big air? It must be a side product of the classic rock licks. During his recent run to introduce the spellbinding Double McTwist 1260 trick he was cranking Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City."
After hearing that, we asked for Shaun's list of his favorite songs for shredding. In the midst of promoting the Team USA Soundtrack he gave us a top 10 list that includes Razorlight's "In the City," The Doors' "Riders on the Storm" Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and the Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire." While the Team USA Soundtrack (available at ITunes) doesn't have those tracks, it does include a couple of numbers by Honor Societyand Mariah Carey.
Here, in no particular order, are the rest of his board-bangers.
Led Zeppelin, "Whole Lotta Love"
Led Zeppelin, "Kashmir"