Snow­board­ing stars of the fu­ture get chummy with our ‘Chumpy’

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A TWO-time world cham­pion and two-time Olympian means there are few bet­ter to be giv­ing tips to Australia’s next snow­board­ing stars than Alex “Chumpy” Pullin.

Pullin was at Mt Hotham over Au­gust not only to as­sist with Ski and Snow­board Australia Fu­tures camp and de­fend his ANC FIS SBX ti­tle but to also launch his new project aimed at men­tor­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of Aussie board­er­cross rid­ers.

Chumpy’s Board­ing House, set up in part­ner­ship with Red Bull and Mt Hotham, gave eight of the sports’ most tal­ented up-and-com­ers the chance to learn what it takes to make it on the pro cir­cuit.

“The big thing for me in the last four or five years has been to help the growth of the sport and that’s been by do­ing stuff at Mt Hotham the home of boarder cross in the coun­try,” Pullin said.

“The SSA Fu­tures is some­thing I have been a part of for 10 or so years and Chumpy’s Board­ing House is re­ally an ex­ten­sion of that.”

Pullin hand-picked the eight rid­ers, four males and four fe­males, who joined him for four-days and gave them an in­sight into what it takes to make it both on and off the slopes, preach­ing board skills through to nu­tri­tion, fitness and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment.

“I hope the bit of guid­ance I can lend th­ese guys helps them walk away with a def­i­nite un­der­stand­ing of what it takes to get to the next level,” Pullin said.

“We were all in a house to­gether cook­ing to­gether, talk­ing about nu­tri­tion, board prepa­ra­tion, what they can work on here in Australia and the im­por­tance of cer­tain things that can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence on the track.

“The cool thing is I get to travel the world com­pet­ing in the sport I love and I see all lev­els in dif­fer­ent parts of the world and I can say we have some re­ally good tal­ent com­ing through and Australia is cer­tainly up there with where other coun­tries are at.”

Pullin’s stint at Hotham saw the win­ter Olympian pull off a rare dou­ble.

The 28-year-old got two great starts in two very tight races down the steep and nar­row snow­board cross track, ahead of com­peti­tors Matthew Thomas (AUS), Michael Perle (USA) and Yoshiki Ta­hakara (JPN) in the Australia New Zealand Cup and in beat­ing Cameron Bolton, Adam Lam­bert and Josh Miller in the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship.

Belle Brock­hoff pulled off the same dou­ble in the women’s draw hav­ing qual­i­fied sec­ond and third fastest for the two com­pe­ti­tions the day prior.

She proved too good against her com­peti­tors in the race fi­nals, eas­ily tak­ing first over fel­low Aus­tralians Emily Boyce, El­lise Turner and Swiss San­dra Daniela Ger­ber in the Australia New Zealand Cup and against a sim­i­lar field in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships with Ger­ber, Boyce and Annabel Tud­hope.

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Alex Pullin fo­cuses on the moun­tain dur­ing his week at Mt Hotham. PHO­TOS: Karl Gray

Best thing at Hotham: The board­er­cross track.

Favourite ter­rain at Hotham: Blue Rib­bon and the ex­treme zone.

Hid­den se­cret at Hotham: Fris­bee golf at Din­ner Plain.

Craft beer or CUBs: Craft Parma or steak: Parma Groomed runs or Back coun­try: Back coun­try

In­sta­gram or Facebook: Go sur fing in­stead

Ac­tion or Com­edy: Ac­tion

Hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion: Home or any­where warm.

Alex or Chumpy: De­pends. I re­spond to ei­ther but most peo­ple know me as Chumpy.

CHAMPS NOT CHUMPS: THE ac­tion was fast and fu­ri­ous in the board­er­cross at Mt Hotham last month where Alex Pullin and Belle Brock­hof f won dou­ble ti­tles in the FIS SBX Australia New Zealand Cup and the Aus­tralian Na­tional SBX Cham­pi­onships beat­ing an in­ter­na­tional field at Mt Hotham.

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