Surfing legend Kelly Slater weighs in on Australia's bushfire disaster

Surfing legend Kelly Slater weighs in on Australia’s bushfire disaster with a heartbreaking post showing a charred joey trapped in a barbed wire fence WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT   Kelly Slater thinks mismanaged backburning played a role in the bushfire crisis The 11-time world champion hoped for a silver lining in the wake of the disaster  'Hoping for safety and refuge for all my human and animal friends down under'  Slater, like many sportspeople, pledged to donate to bushfire support groups

By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 15:25 GMT, 5 January 2020 | Updated: 06:12 GMT, 6 January 2020

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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

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

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

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