Once upon a time a cute little vodka guzzling teen from Winnipeg, Manitoba figured out she liked to snowboard. Six years later I would meet this young lady. At this point she had a rebuilt wrist, two new ACL’s, a strict Vegan diet, a clean liver and an unbelievably chipper Canadian personality. The personal and professional life of Darrah Reid-McLean may have been full of roller coaster like obstacles, but whatever elements helped form this young lady one thing is certain, she is now one of the brightest young stars of female snowboarding. With her tween dreams of Olympic Gymnastics dashed and her hard partying ways largely behind her Darrah is now filming parts, climbing the popularity ladder and impressing the shit out of every boy that gets a chance to see her ride.
Why is your name Darrah and not Sarah?
I dunno I guess my Mom wanted to be different?
Is being Canadian better than being an American?
Well we get free healthcare. So yes.
What do you hate most about the United States?
I don’t think I hate much about America? Oh you know what, I hate how hard it is to get a work visa here as a Canadian.
Well we aren’t just going to open the flood gates to all you maple syrup guzzlers.
Why not? We are nice people. All we want is to hang out in your country, it’s a nice country.
Impressing the boys. Photo Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
What do you like most about the United States?
There’s some cute boys here! God I’m going to sound really stupid.
What do you like most about Canada?
It seems a lot more easy going, especially about laws. The drinking age is pretty great, or at least it was for me at the time.
Where do you stand on abortion?
Gay Rights and the ability to marry?
If that’s what you’re into, I support gay rights.
Should U.S. citizens receive free healthcare?
Photo Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
Where do you stand on illegal immigration?
God all these political questions that I have no idea how to answer. Illegal immigration, well I guess if it’s necessary.
Well since you’re an alien would you ever consider hoping the boarder to get into this country?
I’m legally allowed to be here. But yes, if I knew I wouldn’t get caught then yes.
What do you think of Sarah Palin?
Why won’t you eat meat?
When I was seven I watched the movie Babe and then my Dad told me what was in a hot dog and it effected my life forever.
What does your diet consist of now?
My favorite food is fruit or dark chocolate, but my diet mainly consists of tofu and oatmeal and brown rice and vegetables.
You make a conscious effort not to consume alcohol. Is that some more vegan bullshit or do you have a demon to hide?
Well, I used to drink a lot and I’m over it. And I didn’t stop drinking, I still drink a couple times a month, I just don’t do it as often.
Did the fire water get you into some trouble?
Oh, all sorts of trouble…
What kind of trouble?
Just bad choices and making a fool of myself. Plus, it’s not healthy and I’m on this health-kick.
That’s a cop-out. What is the worst trouble you ever got into?
One time when I was 15 I stole my parents car and drove to a beer vendor and bought a bunch of beer illegally. I had a fake ID of some sort. I was bringing the car home, thinking that I had gotten back before my parents, but I got out of the car with the beer (little 15 year old) and my Dad opens the door and looks at me. I ran away because I was too scared to deal with it. I ran away for a couple of days, but it turned out I wasn’t even in trouble. My parents were just kind of freaked out.
Will you ever let Gabby Maiden drive your car again?
I don’t think so. I don’t think that will ever happen again. She got into a little accident. She’s being good about it though. The damage is almost as much as the car is worth, and if insurance doesn’t pay for it that will suck because it’s my brand new car that I just paid for like two months ago.
Photo Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
Has being a cute girl helped you grab sponsors?
Uh, I hope that isn’t why I got sponsors.
Do you have a life outside of snowboarding?
I work a lot and I exercise a lot.
What kind of jobs do you have? Does snowboarding not pay the bills?
Not at all. I work at Earl’s in Whistler. I’m a server. If you’d ever been to Whistler you’d know Earl’s. It’s a pretty sweet restaurant I like working there. They call us Earl’s Girls at work. We have to wear fancy outfits and high heels.
You’ve made a habit out of sharing beds with guys for long periods of time, are you the ultimate tease?
I don’t think so! No, are you asking me that because I shared a bed with my friend? Because it wasn’t like that, and now I don’t have a home. I don’t have a house right now, I’m just floating, so I am sharing a bed again…
Do you feel like you can be lazy at photo shoots, when filming and in progressing as a snowboarder in general because you’re a girl?
I don’t feel like I can be lazy, I feel like I have to try harder because I’m a girl so that people don’t make fun of me.
Photo: Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
Do you ever cry when you get frustrated snowboarding?
Yeah. It’s super embarrassing. I’ve had meltdowns to a lot of people. I dunno why, I get frustrated and then I freak out.
What’s the worst-timed melt down of your life?
When I went to The Canyons this winter and I was just meeting all the Nitro people I had a meltdown to Austin Smith just hours after meeting him. It was really embarrassing.
Since you love animals, especially pigs called Babe, would you do a nude photoshoot for PETA like Pam Anderson did? To you know, save cats from being stepped on and chickens from being burned alive.
How did you lose your virginity?
What! Pass! My mom uses the internet you know. And besides, it wasn’t that pleasant so it’s not worth talking about. It was not a special moment. No romance…
Photo: Mark Welsh/Nitro Snowboards
I hear you are a closet nerd. What kind of books do you read?
Um, I really like fantasy…
So are you like a big Harry Potter fan?
My favorite, I really didn’t want to say that, but it totally is my favorite. Ron is my favorite…
Do you watch the movies?
Yes, I have marathons…
So you’re really into this witch thing…
Yeah. Ok, well I have never met my real Dad. And when I was young I watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch and in that her Dad was immortal and she couldn’t see him until she was 16 because he would turn into a ball of wax, are you familiar with this at all? Well, that’s what I thought when I was a kid.
Ok and when did this dream die?
Well, when I was 16 and I wasn’t levitating off the bed I guess, because that’s what happens when witches turn 16. So, officially when I was 16 I knew it was over for sure.
Why are Canadians so god damn friendly?
I’m really not sure. Maybe it’s the free healthcare. Having to pay for healthcare would suck.
Nitro, Raiden, L1, ThirtyTwo, Etnies, Dragon and Dakine.
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