Back When Elon Musk’s Crypto Craze Drove Kelly Slater to Bring Up Mother Earth

Published 12/01/2022, 7:15 PM EST
BELLS BEACH, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 14: Eleven-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater of the United States after surfing in Heat 13 of the Round of 32 at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach on April 14, 2022 at Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia (Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League via Getty Images)

The surfing legend, Kelly Slater, is well-known for his flair and technique in the sport. The legend performed some commendable prompts in his career. Slater is not only a superb athlete but also a great environmentalist. He was often seen spreading awareness when it comes to our habitat.

A while back, he was seen taking a toll on the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, for his bitcoin strategy. That, according to Slater, might cause severe damage to our ecosystem.


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Kelly Slater took a toll on Elon Musk

Two years ago, the Tesla owner, Elon Musk, announced that Tesla electric cars would consider taking bitcoins as their payment. As a result, bitcoin prices went up. Then again, 3 months after the initial announcement, Musk mentioned in his tweet, not to consider bitcoin as the payment, as according to Musk, “insane energy use was hurting the planet“. Hence, the bitcoin prices went down.


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As per the report, Slater took to his Instagram story to reproach Musk. The surfer wrote,So a guy who owns an energy company doesn’t understand this stuff before he buy it? Has no problem taking the profits. Does he have an issue with kids mining cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo to build batteries?”

As an environmentalist, Slater even told Musk to address the real energy issues and to help potentially in order to solve them. With this, Slater also considered Elon’s board and backers into account for not diligently handling the said situation. He added, “Elon is bad for crypto”. 


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Slater’s drive for conserving nature

The legendary surfer on many occasions was seen raising awareness of conserving mother nature. He even endorsed many campaigns such as ‘Importance of conserving Oceans’. Slater even stated, “I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time”. His Instagram speaks volumes when it comes to saving and conserving our natural resources.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Kelly Slater of the United States looks on during a visit with students of the Blown Away Surf School on Day One of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at West Sands Beach on September 29, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

While Slater loves his sport of surfing dearly, he also goes above and beyond when it comes to our ecosystem. 


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Purva Jain

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Purva Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mody University of Science and Technology. Purva is an avid reader and author of 3 books that are published in national and international marketplaces.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana