Lessons Learned At CDI

Carson Daivd Ianson CDI Memorial in Idaho

Carson David Ianson at Bogus circa 93/94. Photo: Matt Allen (donated by Corey McDonald)

For those of you outside of Idaho or living under a rock, CDI is an annual quarterpipe event that has been held mostly at Snowbank in SW Idaho for the past twelve years. Without fail the likes of Corey McDonald, Dustin Johnson and friends ensure that this event takes place so it can honor and memorialize their close friend, Carson David Ianson, who passed away in 2002. Every year the event attracts snowboard enthusiasts from around SW Idaho, and in recent years, shredders from out of state have been joining in on the fun. After going to a few CDI’s you learn a thing or two and here are a few lessons we have learned over the years…

Our Lives Can Have Lasting Influence and Legacy

Now, before you write this off as some cliché rhetoric, hear us out. CDI has shown us the power our friends and loved ones have in our lives, which we sometimes take for granted until after they are gone. Given the amount of dedication and work that goes into making this event happen every year, there is no doubt in our minds how much Carson influenced the lives of those around him. His influence has now transcended over a decade to a plethora of individuals who never had the chance to meet him, but now have a concept of how amazing he truly was. People do not put in this kind of ongoing effort for someone who did not have a profound impact. It goes to show, our lives really do have the power to change others and even extend past our own lifetime. In addition, there is something to be said about the ones who carry on the legacy of our life after our death.

Corey McDonald at CDI Memorial in Idaho snowboarding in quarterpipe

Rider: Corey McDonald Photo: Ken Baeyen

The Power of Community

This event brings together the local snowboard community unlike any other event out there. The spirits are always high and so are the tricks! It’s great to be able to throw up high-fives to your buddy after they just threw down hammer after hammer. Watching friends and fellow snow lovers show off their talents is inspiring and gives you a sense of pride for your community. Too be honest, if you call yourself a true Idaho snowboarder and have never attended a CDI, we will be bold enough to question your commitment to Idaho snowboarding and its scene.

ALWAYS wear Sunscreen

If you didn’t learn anything from Baz Lurhmann’s 1998 spoken word entitled “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” then a day at CDI will teach you the hard way. If you don’t wear sunscreen, you WILL wish you were dead. That is all we have to say about that.

Daria Applegarth with abad sunburn at CDI while snowboarding

Photo: Daria Applegarth

Drunken Mishaps Are Inevitable

After the day of riding is done, everyone congregates back at the campsite to share their stories of the day and engage in their own versions of happy hour. As the night progresses on, inhibitions slowly decline and with that, mishaps are inevitable. Whether it’s shooting off mortars at 2am, falling out of trees, stumbling into the DJ’s speakers or stealing a dirt bike with no headlight and riding it into your own truck, all the while yelling throughout the camp “it’s my birthday!”– you can always expect some mishap to transpire. Along that line, don’t be an A-hole camper either. We understand everyone is there for a good time, which is fine, but you’ll get on some bad sides pretty quick if you become the sloppy drunk who annoys the entire campground. Have fun, but for the sake of all those around you, keep it together.

Girls Need to Represent

We have covered this issue about female snowboarders in Idaho and freestyle in previous articles, but for the sake of this event and needing more female participants, we are calling all ladies to come and show off your skills! The only way to get better is by trying and by having some healthy competition; it helps progression. More women show up to CDI every year, yet only a few hit the quarterpipe, let’s change this!

Corrie Bispo at CDI in Idaho snowboarding in quarterpipe

Rider: Corrie Bispo, Photo: Ken Baeyen

Digging Builds Character and Respect

If you have been attending CDI year after year and have not helped on a dig day, then one, you are a jerk and two, you are totally missing out on an amazing aspect of the event. It is understandable if you cannot come up to help every year, sometimes personal schedules don’t allow for that, but take at least one year to come up and help out. It will be very much appreciated.

Pick Up Your Crap

Not literal crap, but all the garbage you leave trailing behind. Pack it in, pack it out, friends. It’s not up to anyone else to pick up after you and as it has been mentioned at camp before, this event is a privilege so don’t mess it up by leaving your garbage everywhere.

Sean Genovese rider for Dinosaurs Will Die at CDI Memorial snowboarding in quarterpipe in Idaho

Rider: Sean Genovese, Photo: Ken Baeyen

This year wrapped up the twelfth year of CDI, and we think we speak for most when we say the local snowboard community has a lot of be thankful for when it comes to this event. It is extremely unfortunate the circumstances behind the reason we gather, but what has resulted in the wake of tragedy is inspiring. What Corey and friends have done to honor Carson’s legacy is astounding. His legacy now has been able to live on, not only through the lives he touched specifically, but also through every snowboarder who has ever dropped in on that quarterpipe. That is something truly unique and special. This year’s event was definitely one for the books – perfect weather, great group of people and some killer bags of tricks; can’t wait to see what next year will bring. It just keeps getting better and better.

This year’s results:

1st place: Parker Duke
2nd place: Sean Genovese
3rd place: Randy Vanerden

Cheyenne Malcolm snowboarding in quarterpipe at CDI in Idaho

Rider: Cheyenne Malcolm, Photo: Ken Baeyen

For more photos from the event, go to Ken Baeyen Photography’s blog.

About Brittany Roper

Brittany Roper has a B.A. degree in History from Boise State University. She is passionate about women’s issues and sports. She is an avid snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast, who has worked to build a strong female snow community through events centered on women riding and competing together in order to develop healthy relationships. She believes women are NOT a problem but a solution.

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