Watersports vary in pace, energy, and in the adrenaline rush they evoke. They all have their own special rhythm and type of music that goes perfectly with them. I sometimes hear songs in the wintertime, and they immediately take my mind to a moment in the summer when we were on the water having fun. In reverse, some songs are triggered when I see the activity, such as parasail chutes off in the distance. Finally, other songs start in my brain the second I get into the rhythm of an activity. For example, when I start pulling a water-skier at Kitty Hawk Watersports here in the Outer Banks, I instantly hear the Rolling Stones in my mind.
- “Sloop John B” by The Beach Boys screams adventure, sailing, and partying. The song tells a story of family, drinking, fighting, getting arrested, and, of course, sailing. This, of course, is good, all-round watersports fun. In my mind, this song should be THE watersports anthem.
- “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones reminds me of the scene in Apocalypse Now where they’re water skiing in Vietnam. It’s a great song for waterskiing, tubing, or any kind of towing. Of course, in the movie, they’re flipping boats over with their massive wake, making the whole scene even better. Haven’t we all wanted to drive a big boat and throw a huge wake at someone?
- Ride of the Valkyries from the German opera, “Die Walkure” is the perfect song for parasailing. Again, I have to blame Apocalypse Now for inspiring this song every time I see parasailers flying across the sound. I think this even more so when I see several parasail chutes flying in the same direction, as if in formation.
- “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks. More of a lazy, sailing song, “Sunny Afternoon” conjures up visions of sitting around, wasting time, and loving every minute of it. Whenever I’m stuck on a sailboat with no wind, this is my go-to song because I choose to enjoy the moment instead of cursing the wind (or lack thereof).
- “Pontoon” by Little Big Town totally nails the pontoon boat cruise. The song’s tempo is languid, just like a pontoon boat ride is supposed to be. On top of that, the song paints an accurate picture of a pontoon boat with its Astro Turf aluminum side and “party in slow motion”.
Whether you enjoy the slow grooves of sailing and stand up paddleboarding or the driving rhythms of jet skiing and surfing, Kitty Hawk Watersports has all the watersports rentals you’ll need in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Our tours and rentals can be reserved online, or contact us at (252) 441-2756.