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Aussie Pro-Snowboarder, Alex Pullin, Has Died In While Spearfishing

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Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin, a two-time World Snowboard Champion, and three-time Olympian died this past Wednesday, July 8th, of an apparent drowning in his home country of Austalia. He was 32 years of age.

Pullin appears to have been spearfishing in an artificial reef on Australia's Gold Coast. Another person, who happened to be in the area on the same day, came across Pullin's body while snorkeling that morning and reported it to local authorities. Though life-saving techniques were used, Pullin did not survive.

Snow Australia, the governing body of winter sports in Pullin's home country, released a statement about the rider's death and how it has affected the community and his peers. Snow Australia CEO, Michael Kennedy said, “We are all in shock today as one of the most beloved members of our close snow sports community, Chumpy, has sadly lost his life in what appears to be a tragic accident.”

During his career, Pullin was able to claim two Snowboard Cross world championships, one in 2011 and one in 2013. He was also able to take silver in the 2016 Aspen X-Games, and gold at the 2011 New Zealand Winter Games in Cardrona in the same discipline. Pullin also appeared at three Olympic Winter games, including being selected as Australia's flag bearer for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.


Thumbnail: An FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup Event, Pullin is on the left - Credit: LG전자 / CC BY

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