For the last four years professional skateboarder Renton Millar has been visiting the Top End to see the local skate community flourish.
Millar will be back in Darwin for the annual Street Heat competition to see what tricks Darwin skaters have up their sleeves this year.
“I came up for the opening of the Jingili Skate Park and saw a lot of kids pick up boards for the first time,” he says.
“Each time I come back they just get better and better.
“I’m 43 and I come along and can do a few things, and at first they thought it’s cool that this old dude could skate. Now, four years later, these kids are teaching me stuff and the tricks they’re doing are rad.”
While the Street Heat competition is a good chance to win some bragging rights and prizes, Millar says it’s more about having a good day with friends.
“It’s a celebration of skate culture and hanging out with your mates,” he says.
“It’s also a fun spectator event and good to get outside and enjoy the Dry season.”
The competition is open to entrants of all types - quads, BMX, scooters, and skateboards.
There will also be a pre-heat skate jam at Leanyer Skate Park the night before the big competition.
Pre-Heat Fri 12 Apr | 5-7pm | Leanyer Skate Park | Free | launchdarwin.com.au
Street Heat Sat 13 Apr | 3-7pm Jingili Skate Park | Free launchdarwin.com.au
Image; Tymunna Clements - Darryl Sorrel