Alex Chumpy Pullin feared to have died on the Gold Coast

Alex Chumpy Pullin poses for a portrait in Sydney, Australia on September 18, 2017 // Andy Green/Red Bull Content Pool //

It is with a very heavy heart that we report that Alex Chumpy Pullin is feared to have died in a shallow water spear fishing accident on the Gold Coast this morning.

As much as we want this not to be true, mainstream new channels are reporting the death as the Australian Olympic snowboarder drowned at Palm Beach despite emergency services trying to save him. It is believed they performed CPR for 45 minutes. 

The 32 year old is believed to have suffered a shallow water blackout mid morning today. 

Chumpy, as we have all come to know and love the boarder cross World Champion, was the flag bearer for the Australian Winter Olympic team at Sochi in 2014. He was a three time Winter Olympian.

He won nine FIS Gold Medals plus 2 FIS World Championships, four FIS Silver Medals and seven FIS Bronze medals in his stellar career. 

Our thoughts are with his immediate family, his huge circle of friends, his sponsorship family, his Winter Olympic community and the snowboard and ski community at large.

More to come.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.