While Pullin would have loved to have continued his four year reign as world champion, the OWIA athlete watched Italian Luca Matteotti take the crown.
The Italian captured his first major title, finishing ahead of silver medallist Kevin Hill from Canada and third placed American Nick Baumgartner.
Pullin was in dominant form in the early rounds, winning both his heats in the round of 32 and 16.
But in the semi-finals, he lost pace at a crucial time, and couldn’t rebuild the momentum required to win a place in the final four.
Instead he had to settle for sixth overall, with his OWIA/NSWIS teammates, Cameron Bolton finishing 15th and Jarryd Hughes in 31st.
Australia’s sole representative in the women’s snowboard cross, Belle Brockhoff, was seventh in a strong performance on the tight and testing Kreischberg course. Brockhoff also was in very good form in her round of 16 and was very much in the mix in the round of 8, before coming together with another rider in a racing incident, and losing speed.
The title went to American Lindsey Jacobellis, with France’s Nelly Moenne Loccoz taking the silver and the bronze medal to Italian Michela Moioli.
IMAGE: Alex "Chumpy" Pullin in action during qualifying at the World Championships © Oliver Kraus