Building Skate Parks In The Developing World Is Thirsty Work

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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