An Australian man named Higor Fiuza is a local legend on the Gold Coast known for going surfing with his pet snake, a pet bredli python.
Here I am eating my words less than two weeks after I called this video of a surfer riding a wave with an actual shark on his surfboard the ‘most Australian video of the year‘ and I’m back saying the same about this. But it really is a coin toss for me and at this point, this Aussie surfing with his pet snake wrapped around his neck is as Australian as it gets.
A camera crew from 9 News Australia featured the surfer catching waves with his pet Morelia bredli python (also known as a carpet python) coiled around his neck. These snakes can, in rare instances, reach up to 10ft in length but his pet snake appears to be the perfect surfing size.
He says “she goes for a swim, for a little bit, and comes back to the board.” Joking that his pet snake is always waiting for the perfect wave when they’re our surfing together. Carpet pythons are amongst the most common snakes in Australia but this one is certainly unique.
For those wondering about the snake’s safety, he says there have never been any issues. Telling the news that he’ll go under the water and when he comes up “she’s always there.” Saying he’s never had to put out his hand to save his pet snake while surfing.
Do snakes like surfing?
As for whether or not the pet python actually likes surfing with Higor Fiuza, it is impossible to know for certain. We can’t attribute likes and dislikes to a snake who perceive the world very differently than us.
However, Higor says that when his snake gets annoyed with the world “she’s always hissing.” But says that when his snake is surfing “she doesn’t do anything (no hissing), she just holds on.”
Inevitably, the sight of a snake in the surfing lineup catches some off guard. They spoke with someone on the beach who says their shock level ‘on a scale of 1-to-10, (was) a 12.’
And now that you’ve seen this Aussie bloke surfing with his snake, it’s time to decide if that is more or less Australian than this viral video from August.
It is hard to know for sure what led to this video but presumably, the deceased shark was floating in the water and the surfer pulled it onto his surfboard where the shark stayed in place because the board has surf wax and sharkskin is abrasive, hence why it waggled back and forth without falling off, and he paddled the shark back to shore to get it out of the water so other predators didn’t come in to eat it. That is my best (and only) guess of what’s actually happening there.
Yamba Main Beach is a popular beach south of Brisbaine on Australia’s Pacific Coast. The beach is best known for ocean pools that are right on the beach and built into the natural rocks so the saltwater pools are part of the beach itself.
As is the case with any beach, there are sharks at Yamba Main Beach. According to Australia’s Dorsal Watch, there have already been 21 reported shark sightings in August at Yamba. The Dorsal Watch dashboard doesn’t specify the types of sharks or sizes of sharks seen at the beach, just whether or not there was a sighting.