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