By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 15:25 GMT, 5 January 2020 | Updated: 06:12 GMT, 6 January 2020
Surfing legend Kelly Slater has weighed in on Australia's bushfire crisis with a heartbreaking Instagram post.
The eleven-time world champion posted an image of a charred joey trapped against a barbed wire fence in front of a burnt out plain.
The 47-year-old believes mismanaged backburning played a role in the destructive bushfires that have plagued the country over the past few months.
'Australia. I’m not sure a picture could better sum up the fear and devastation more succinctly,' Slater captioned the post.
'I’m no expert but from the messages and reading I’ve done on the subject, mismanagement of forest underbrush back-burning in the winter months and overall water resources have helped create a perfect storm in the face of this drought.
Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater has weighed in on the Australian bushfire crisis. Pictured: Slater in action at Bells Beach in Victoria during the 2006 Rip Curl Pro
The picture Slater posted to his Instagram, showing a charred joey trapped against a barbed wire fence
'I hope there is a silver lining and important lessons learned from the ongoing catastrophes once the dust settles.
'One of my biggest fears as a kid was fires and ironically