Building skate parks in developing countries is thirsty business. Which is how Ben Hermans and his friends found themselves lying face down on a road in Ramallah, Palestine, at 4 am with loaded machine guns pointed at their heads and soldiers rifling through their belongings.

Moments earlier the 25-year-old Melbournian and his fellow builder-skaters had been rolling home from one of the only bars in Ramallah that serves alcohol.

A long day on the the tools called for it but after skating past a military outpost they aroused the suspicion of two Palestinian soldiers who began following. Rather than run, Ben turned back to see what was up.

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