Australian snowboarding legend and ex-Olympian Alex "Chumpy" Pullin tragically passed away in a freak spearfishing accident on Wednesday morning.
The two-time boardercross world champion was diving off Palm Beach when he experienced a shallow water "blackout"; an unconscious state caused by the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. He was 32.
Alex was a significant figure in Australian snowboarding, both during and after his career. He was the flag bearer for the Australian Winter Olympics in Sochi and was known as one of the quickest racers in the sport of boardercross. He competed at two Winter Olympic Games, podiumed for three FIS World Championships, won silver at the 2016 Aspen X Games and won gold at the 2011 New Zealand Winter Games. Chumpy was a true pioneer for Australian snowboarding and will be remembered for his contributions to Australian sports and fierce competitive spirit. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this sad time.