A lot of riders, including myself, listen to music on their iPods whilst Mountainboarding, especially at centres. A feat not seen very often in other board sports. Generally just the one earphone in, so you still hear your Board and the terrain for detecting problems (very important for avoiding accidents).
For me, I only listen to my favourite genre, Minimal Dubstep as it is a steady 140-ish BPM and never bores me, keeps me relaxed and stops me going mad/wasting all my energy within an hour. Beautiful tunes such as this one (tune of 2013 for me):
But before I go all ‘Skrillex is shit’ on you, I noticed most riders generally just put their iPods on shuffle for the day’s riding. A bit strange in my mind, but I guess it requires no user input all day!
From what I gather, from other riders and personal use, the reason for this listening is for motivation, concentration on riding and blocking out the screams of children doing down the hill on a grass sledge… all very good reasons. One example, probably from a Surfing Dirt thread, was Mister Matt Brind, using his iPod for his Freestyle ever since a Russian commentator put him off and caused him to stack.
Although it is still very possible to crash/stack whilst Mountainboarding with music playing, the more relaxed the rider is, the less mistakes they’re likely to make, whether it’s through music or not. Personally I can’t wait for Bugsboarding to reopen, so I can improve my riding whilst listening to music all day and chill in the sun or warm rain..
If you have any thoughts on this subject feel free to fire them at me via a comment, Facebook or Twitter (@daleyg3) and I may include them in a future post.
If you haven’t tried riding with music, I’d recommend at least trying, but it’s not for everyone. Cheers :]