The tragic news of Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin's untimely passing yesterday left the Olympic community reeling.
The outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes from athletes across the sporting world, teammates, fans and young riders he has inspired were a reminder of just what an impact 'Chumpy' had throughout his lifetime.
Australian Olympics Team's Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman pays tribute to snowboarding champion Alex ‘Chumpy' Pullin: "That combination of passion and charisma really meant that he brought people together with him." https://t.co/tXOupAjqwN #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/GaD4kLaSpG— 7NEWS Australia (@7NewsAustralia) July 9, 2020
Chumpy it was an honour to have known u and to call you a friend. Your energy was infectious & I'll remember u as one of the happiest people I've ever met. Finding old photos of us riding around the Olympic village in Sochi just before the closing ceremony #alexpullin #Chumpy ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gql3p4fnCn— Emily Bamford (@embamford) July 9, 2020
I'm deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of Chumpy, he was a great athlete and ambassador for our sport in Australia and around the world. He accomplished great things on the board but more than that he was a good person who loved life and took on every challenge with energy and passion. I'll never forget the early days on the hill together, chasing our dreams when we were far from home and our families aspiring to ride for Australia one day. My love and thoughts are with his family and girlfriend Ellidy. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace mate 💔
Not really sure where to start, Chumpy was the whole reason I started snowboarding competivley, the first photo was the first time I met Chumpy, I was so stoked when I met him I was all shaky and nervous and couldn't wipe the smile off my face for days. I went home that night and made this photo my screensaver on my phone for weeks. Chumpy has been my biggest idol since the start, that was a question I'd always get asked when I was growing up was who is your idol and it was always Chumpy, he always had time to say Hi and have a chat but with the flip of a switch he managed to turn into such a fierce and competitive rider and I was always and still am in ore of that. I feel extremely greatful to have gone from that giddy kid lining up to get a photo and a signature with him to have been able to walk along side him at the Olympics. Chumpy truely is one of the kindest and warmest people I've ever known and I feel incredible privileged to have known him. He has left an incredible legacy and I know he will continue to inspire me and many other people. Rest In Peace legend. I hope the pow is deep and the runs are perfect cord up there. I hope to shred with you again one day. Thank you for everything ❤️
I have no words to express the sorrow and shock of you gone too soon 💔The world has lost a special soul today. Chumpy, your love for life, your beautiful heart, your talent in everything you did will never be forgotten. 🏂🎶 🏄🏾♂️🌊🥇 Love you man, we will miss you... rest easy xx Sending love and strength to the Pullin family and @ellidy_ ❤️
I am shocked and deeply saddened that you're gone. I'm really lost for words... It's shaken many people here and around the world. All I can think about is the legacy you've left behind. We have had a lot of time together, many memories, with my favourite being at the end of the 2016 World Cup. I vividly remember that season with you and how it was a tough one for both of us. But, we topped it off by winning the last World Cup together. We won double gold for Australia! It was a first for Australia in snowboard cross and it was the first World Cup win for me. I remember crossing the finish line and collapsing to my knees with tears of joy and then went to the side lines to watch you race. I screamed, yelled and cheered as you raced all the way down until you crossed that line. We both threw our hands up at the same time and roared in triumph. I broke through the finishing area barriers and rushed over to hug you. I was so so happy for you. I remember looking at you and we both teared up as we realised what had happened. It was a moment I've always and always will cherish. You're a good man, athlete and role model. Always living life to its fullest, full of energy and always up for the challenge when it presents itself. Chumpy, Thankyou for your passion, drive and energy. Thankyou for the legacy you have left behind. Thankyou for what you have done for snowboarding especially in Australia. Without you, it wouldn't be the same. Ride on Chumpy, Belle❤️
I'm pretty shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing Alex ‘Chumpy' Pullin. He was a hell of a snowboarder, pioneer of the SBX community and world, and from the first time I met him at the Aus Futures camp in Hotham to traveling around the world, living together on the road and competing in World Cup races together, Chumpy was always willing to help me out with advice and some of his good old words of wisdom. He always had a passion for the next generation of snowboarders in the sport and without a doubt he had a hand in getting me to where I am today. Thank you Chumpy for mentoring me though the years, being a good friend, always down for a laugh and an awesome, passionate person to be on the team with. I have always looked up to you, snowboarding in Australia and the world will not be the same without you. My thoughts go out to his family and close friends. Rest In Peace legend ❤️
Extremely shocked and saddened to hear the news of Chumpy's passing. Chumpy was a huge part of the Australian Winter team, he was a phenomenal athlete and an even better role model for all up and comers. He truly paved the way for other snowboarders in Australia and will leave behind an incredible legacy. RIP Chumpy. It was an honour to be teammates and have raced alongside you. Sending my condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.
The Snow Australia community is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of triple Olympian, Alex Pullin, who today lost his life while spear fishing on the Gold Coast this morning. Our deepest condolences are with Alex's family, as well as his team mates and support staff. Alex was a beloved member of the Snow Australia community and he will be dearly missed.
Today we are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Alex "Chumpy" Pullin while spearfishing off the Gold Coast in Australia. Along with our partners at The Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), we recognize and honour Alex's life and contribution to sport. As a two-time World Champion and three-time Olympian, Alex attended Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), and PyeongChang (2018) representing Australia in snowboard cross. Alex exemplified everything good about sport: passion, commitment, discipline, and comradery that made him a true icon. Alex was known for being a generous teammate and engaged mentor to many young athletes. Offering his deepest sympathies on Alex's passing, Peter Schure, Vice President of Teams And Sponsorships, shares that, "Chumpy was a true ambassador of sport. He exemplified all that is good and we celebrate his passion, his career, and his life. His passing truly leaves a big hole in our hearts". As the apparel sponsor to the OWIA and AOC since 2003, we at Karbon offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and teammates. Alex will be sorely missed. To honour Alex's commitment to sport in Australia and his enduring legacy in snowboarding around the world, we are renaming our custom Australian team competition jacket, "The Chumpy". During the World Cup season and at the upcoming Beijing Olympics in 2022, athletes wearing their team jackets will keep Alex's memory alive from the opening ceremony to the final moments of the games. Ride on, Chumpy.
Farewell Chumpy ✨❤️ so sad and shocked to learn the world has lost such a bright, genuine and kind soul. You brought the beat, the energy, the laughs and the competitiveness wherever you went and inspired so many along the way. I learned a lot from you and appreciated the chats, the shoots, the events, the coffee catch ups, the training sessions with Nam & the @redbullau family, and that first wings for life world run where i found you at the 10km mark just chilling and waiting for the car to catch you! Glad I forced you to keep running those last few Ks with me, it was good fun. We will miss you 💔🌟 my deepest condolences to the Pullin family, friends and Alex's partner, Ellidy. 📷 @andygreenimages
I have no words right now. @alexchumpypullin you were such a massive part of my childhood and you will always be an irreplaceable icon in my life. I cannot thank you enough for all the time you spent with me mentoring and teaching me. I will forever remember and cherish all the times talking about snowboarding, skating, music and you playing your guitar. All your advice you gave me for snowboarding which has also been transferred into my skating will never leave me. You and your family were such a massive light during my childhood and if it wasn't for you guys I would'nt be where I am today. I'm going to cherish the board you signed for me and the ukulele you gave me. Snowboarding lost a true legend today. Fly high beautiful angel forever in our hearts 🤍🌹
@alexchumpypullin was full of life! Always smiling and full of energy. He accomplished so much in his sport but the work that he put in and the dedication to his craft was second to none. I've never seen someone work as hard as Chumpy. In saying that his humbleness and joy for life was inspiring. Am honoured to have known him. Sending love to his family and his beautiful girlfriend @ellidy_ Where ever you are mate I know you're making it better place. Much love 🙏🏼❤️
Rest in Peace, Chumpy.