Aussie Tourists Cop $4,000 Fine For Surfing In Venice Canal
— 25 August 2022

Aussie Tourists Cop $4,000 Fine For Surfing In Venice Canal

— 25 August 2022
Garry Lu
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Garry Lu

Two Australian tourists have taken our national identity as surfing larrikins to the next level by shredding in the Grand Canal of Venice, Italy.

“Here are two arrogant idiots who make a mockery of the city,” Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted last week along with a short video clip of the culprits in question.

“I ask everyone to help us identify them to punish them… To those who identify them, I offer a dinner!”

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Since then, the guilty parties who sparked widespread outrage – simply labelled “an Englishman and a Chinese” by local newspaper Il Gazzettino – have been apprehended, fined Є1,500 each ($2,150), and promptly expelled from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.

Additionally, their hydrofoil-attached surfboards were confiscated. Which is certainly the most severe component of their punishment considering how much eFoil boards retail for — approximately €25,000 ($36,000) all up, according to BBC.

Italian authorities are currently pursuing further criminal charges.

“We have identified the two ‘heroes,'” tweeted Mayor Brugnaro.

“Without giving further details, those responsible will soon be in our custody… Thank you all for your cooperation.”

In short, this has proven to be a pretty costly stunt for the two audacious battlers.

Watch the Australian tourists surfing in the Grand Canal of Venice, Italy below.

Garry Lu
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After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]

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