A sad, but equally amazing day to celebrate the life of Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin across all resorts in Australia. A memorable day for the books, a day that showed just how impactful ‘Chumpy’ was within the Aussie snow community.
The tragic passing of Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin a year ago today was felt throughout the entire snow community and the wider Australian public. He was a commited and passionate snowboarder since the age of eight, Chumpy had a positive impact on may people in his life, but had an incredibly strong tie to the snowboarding community.
Today showed exactly that. From grommets to grandparents and everyone in between, hundreds of snowboarders united forces to shred in ‘honour’ of Chumpy.
Chumpy was a two-time snowboard cross World Champion winning the title in both 2011 and 2013 plus representing Australia in not one, not two but three Winter Olympic Games! Holding it down in Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 where he was the flag bearer for the Aussie team and PyeongChang in 2018. He got it done…in style!
He was also a pivotal mentor to the up and coming youth of the Australian snow community. Do you know how hard challenging it is to dream of being a pro winter athlete…in Australia?! What most people in the Northern Hemisphere refer to as the ‘Outback’. It’s a hard slog to be a successful and globally recognised Australian snowboarder and Chumpy knew that, as he had to put in the hard miles to get there himself. Having successfully cracked the code, he didn’t hold it tight to his chest, he shared it with the next generation. Which all showed up and rode for him today.
Thanks to everyone who turned up at their local resort today to go shred, lay some rail and blow up some smoke for ‘Chumpy’. A beautiful day, celebrating an icon, role model and good soul. Amazing to see the Aussie snowboard community unite and shred.