A beautiful rainbow has appeared over the beach where world champion snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin died tragically while he was spearfishing a few hours earlier.
The 32-year-old was alone in the water off Palm Beach on the Gold Coast when he suffered a shallow water outage on Wednesday around 10:30 AM.
A beautiful rainbow appeared on Wednesday evening as mourners flocked to the beach to lay flowers for Pullin.
The Olympian was found unresponsive on the ocean floor by a snorkeler rushing to shore and sounding the alarm with the lifeguard on duty.
Lifeguards gave Pullin CPR until the Queensland Ambulance ambulance arrived and took over for about 45 minutes, but they were unable to save his life.
A beautiful rainbow appeared on Wednesday evening as mourners flocked to the beach to lay flowers for Pullin
Mourners placed flowers near where Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin drowned on Wednesday
A man stands alone near where the Olympian lost his life in Palm Beach
A woman lays flowers on the sand after the tragic death of champion snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin
Pullin died on Wednesday while underwater fishing at Palm Beach in the Gold Coast (pictured with girlfriend Ellidy Vlug)
A screenshot of the latest video Chumpy uploaded to Instagram with his girlfriend and dog
The experienced free diver often shared images on his Instagram that showed his love for spearfishing, snowboarding, surfing and other exciting activities.
Two weeks ago, on June 26, Pullin shared several images of himself spearfishing while out with a group of friends.
“Surreal day in the ocean!” he captioned the image.
“Whales sing and break all around us, hang out with great people, and bring home lots of fish for a week.”
Two days earlier, he shared a video of himself diving among a school of fish and listening to ‘whale convos’.
However, his last post came on Monday and showed him on a jet ski with his girlfriend Ellidy Vlug, 27, and dog Rum.
The video showed the trio enjoying a secluded area as Rum ran around drinking, fishing and enjoying the view.
Pullin had been dating event manager Eight for eight years after they met at a party hosted by Australian surfer Laura Enever. VLug did not know who he was then.
“Much old school! She dragged her onto the dance floor, ”he said.
In 2016, the couple told Buro magazine how they got their relationship working when he wasn’t fighting for six months.
Pullin shared incredible footage of himself spearfishing two years ago
One of the last photos Pullin uploaded of him spearfishing before his tragic death on Wednesday
Alex constantly breaks out into song and dance. He has an electric guitar and a few acoustic guitars that he just randomly rocks and starts singing from his lungs and dancing like crazy. It’s really fun to watch, ”said Swift.
Born in Mansfield, Victoria, Pullin started snowboarding at the age of eight and was the first Australian to defend a World Cup winter title.
He won gold medals at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships and represented Australia at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics, where he was the standard-bearer.
Pullin (left) was an experienced free diver and fished himself when he drowned
‘I was attracted to competitions at a young age. My dad and I used to race for everything, ”he wrote on his personal website.
“The nearest tree or racing home on our bikes. It became second nature to test myself that way.
“Racing is such a pure form of competition for me, without judging, it all comes down to who crosses the line first. An average speed of 70 km / h and peaks of 100 km / h.
“Race with five other riders through a course of jumps, rollers and curves. It’s everything I love about snowboarding combined in one game. ‘
Pullin said in a Red Bull interview that his nickname ‘Chumpy’ came from his parents when he was a kid, but he couldn’t remember what it meant.
“It usually came from my parents, but it stayed with friends and the older crew I was snowboarding with,” he said.
Pullin holds the Australian flag after receiving one of his gold gold medals
Alex Pullin from Australia responds to first place in his Men’s Snowboard Cross 1/8 Final at the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, 2014
Pullin was the flag-bearer of Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the second time representing his country at the highest level
Pullin’s childhood ambition was to meet Jimi Hendrix and his heroes were tennis and surfing legends Pat Rafter and Kelly Slater
It fitted like a snowboard grommet and I probably should have grown out of it sometime. The meaning of where it all started was lost and has now just become my name. ‘
He last participated in a World Cup event in Sierra Nevada, Spain, before the coronavirus pandemic ended international competition.
His childhood ambition was to meet Jimi Hendrix and his heroes were tennis and surfing legends Pat Rafter and Kelly Slater.
Police said officers had been called to the beach just before 11am.
Pullin’s family was on the beach at the time and witnessed the disturbing scene.
Divers on Palm Beach on Wednesday when Pullin drowned while underwater fishing
A lifeguard on duty then came out on a jet ski and dragged Pullin to the beach with the help of surfers