Surfing champ Kelly Slater recently spoke out about the rampant overcrowding at Snapper Rocks during a recent Quicksilver Pro event in Australia and his comments did not go unnoticed. He stated on social media how the amateurs were preventing the professionals from getting the good waves and that some of them should not be on the water. This comment was not taken favorably by some people and their reaction was to wait until he was in the water and they then proceeded to vandalize his vehicle with surf wax.
Some people might be intimidated by such an act but Kelly Slater has the courage of a lion and one has to imagine that if this man is willing to surf in some of the most violent waters known to man that he is not going to be scared by vandalism. He also incredulously received some abuse on his Instagram account because he spoke out about the danger and need to change the situation.
Kelly Slater's response was to 'out' the vandals by showing their handiwork on social media and encourage them to brag about with their friends so that he can hopefully meet up with them and express his 'gratitude' in person. Surfing experts are predicting that this will never happen and we can only hope it does not because Kelly Slater is not only a surfer but has expressed an interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and he lives life like he surfs, with no fear and with 100% commitment.
Kelly Slater is a surfer who is unafraid of controversy and understands his role as one of the marquee names in professional surfing. If he is not scared of dying at the teeth of a shark than one should not expect him to be fearful about the comments or actions of humans. Just a thought for those who vandalized his car and left the 'nice' words on his Intstagram might want to consider in the future.