Paddle Pays Tribute to Olympian Pullin in Gold Coast

Hundreds of people have paddled into the waters off the Gold Coast to pay tribute to dual world champion snowboarder Alex “Chumpy” Pullin.

The crowd included Pullins partner Ellidy Vlug and surfing world champions Mick Fanning and Steph Gilmore.

Pullin, 32, died while spearfishing along an artificial reef off Palm Beach on the Gold Coast on July 8.

Friends and family joined by Pullins dog Rummi gathered on the beach early on Saturday morning before a group of boardriders paddled into the water for the surfing tribute.

Pullin was the flag-bearer for Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

He won world championship titles in 2011 and 2013, and nine World Cup gold medals.

Pullin was raised in the foothills of the Victorian Alps in Mansfield, the support town for the Mt Buller ski resort which posted a tribute on its official Facebook page.

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