RENTON Millar returned to Newcastle’s Bar Beach bowl today to show off a few tricks and hand out tips to admiring youngsters.
Under hot conditions the skating legend ran riot in the park while preparing to defend his title at the Hurley Australian Bowl-Riding Championships, which will run at the bowl next month.
More than 2500 people turned out at the inaugural competition last year and Millar said he loved visiting the city.
‘‘Any excuse to come here and skate I’ll take it,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s one of my favourite places to skate.’’
Millar also took time to give advice to a few up-and-coming skaters at the bowl and said he had a passion for helping the sport grow.
‘‘It’s amazing, kids for a long time would never take on big bowls and ramps,’’ he said,
‘‘But here the shallow end is really mellow so it’s inviting for the kids to have a go.
‘‘I’ve always been pretty encouraging, it takes a lot of balls to take it on.’’
George Richardson, 16, said he skated at Bar Beach almost every day and said sharing it with Millar was invaluable.
‘‘It’s just cool skating with him and great learning new tricks,’’ he said.
‘‘Now we’ve got this bowl locally it’s great watching people outside Newcastle come and skate here.’’