Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin currently resides in NSW where he is training for the upcoming 2015/2016 World Cup season. He has his sights firmly set on competing at the 2018 Korean Winter Olympics, and with two World Championships under his belt, he will be one to watch.
Chumpy created history becoming Australia’s first Snowboard World Champion after taking out the Snowboard Cross event at the FIS World Titles in Spain in January 2011. That same year he took out the World Cup Championship having reached the podium in four of the previous five World Cup events of the season. The victory came on the back of the 2010 World Cup season that saw him finish ranked as world number two.
Chumpy then won his second World Championship in 2013 claiming the Boarder Cross title at the FIS World Titles in Stoneham. In 2014 Chumpy was named the Australian flag bearer for the Sochi Winter Olympics where he went on to compete as a favourite in the Snowboard Cross event. Chumpy took out his heat and looked to be in form to make the final but was eliminated in a crash-marred quarter-final.
2015 was a frustrating year for snow sports athletes around the world with a lack of snow causing the cancellation of a number of events. The SBX World Cup was shortened from a five round series to three, leaving less room for error in an already tightly contended series. Chumpy the second World Cup event, which saw him sitting second in the overall standings by just 100 points. He then went on to qualify fifth for the final in the last round of the series where he battled it out for a third place, giving him second overall for the 2015 World Cup Series.
Hailing from the Victorian High Country town of Mansfield, Chumpy began skiing with his parents (who own and run a ski shop in Mansfield) at the age of three and took up snowboarding at age eight. He began competing in his first year of snowboarding and dominated all snowboarding disciplines in his age division during his school years. At 14, he began his travels to the northern winter for further competition and training. A year later, he won the Australian National Championships and progressed to make his World Cup debut in Furano, Japan, in early 2007.
Outside of snowboarding, Chumpy is an accomplished surfer, spending his off season carving any wave he can find. Away from the surf, he is an avid musician and part of band ‘Love Charli’. Having taken up guitar at the same age as he began snowboarding, the trio have produced two CD’s and played in many surf towns and at music festivals. Pullin even played a solo gig for at the 2010 FIS Snowboard World Championships in Arosa, Switzerland. Chumpy is an athlete of the new generation, highly skilled in the world of social media and technology. He has created and maintains his website (www.alexchumpypullin.com), and produces artistic and entertaining ‘movie’ blogs about his current activities.