COLUMN // "worst bail ever" with Darrah Reid-McLean
An Interview with Darrah Reid-McLean
Behind the “worst female slam ever”
When I saw this bail shot I was really worried. I feared for her life, but I was also kind of embarrassed for her. The comments that were left around the internet were mean and hilariously demeaning. Something about the shot struck me as odd. I mean, there are bail shots that a rider can almost be proud of and then there are those that you wish no one saw. This one obviously falls into the ladder. If you watch the clip, you can almost see the moment where she realizes that she doesn’t have enough speed to clear the gap, but it also has you guessing at whether or not she knew she would clear it at all. I contacted Darrah in Minnesota to get her end of the story. What I learned surprised me at first, but it also reminded me about how crazy it is to film a video part and how much mental damage young riders inflict upon themselves trying to do it.
Hey Darrah. How’s it going? Everyone has been talking about this bail of yours. Are you down to do a little interview with us about it?
Yeah, I’m down. I’m super embarrassed, but, fuck it. I’ll do an interview.
Can you give us a background on how it all went down and exactly what happened?
Well, I was on a trip in Minneapolis trying to film, but it wasn't going very well. We went to this spot that our friends had hit before and thought it would be pretty easy to gap over the ditch. We spent a bunch of time building the jump and then I tested the speed so many times. I knew the in-run wasn't fast enough, but at some point I was just so annoyed of going up there and doing the in-run and not hitting it that I just thought, fuck it, and went for it. It was so stupid. As soon as I went off the jump I knew I was going to eat shit.
So what are your plans for the remainder of the season? Have you been filming much since the big bail?
I'm not sure why I'm in Minnesota. There's just always snow in the city here I guess, and there are lots of nice friends here that help us out. I fucking want to get out into the backcountry so bad. One day I hope.
Cool. Well, thanks for your time. Want to give a shout out to any sponsors or peeps out there who are helping you in your quest for craziness?
I don't think my sponsors are too proud of me eating shit all over the Internet, but I guess I'll thank Birnie (Etnies/Thirtytwo) and Tonino (Nitro), and also all my friends that encourage me to keep trying.
Speaking of the Internet, do you have any parting words for any of the viewers out there that may have left some rather unkind comments about your bail shot?