As the snow begins to fall and temperatures in the north drop way below freezing, we thought it only fitting and necessary to add a little African sunshine in our lives with these seriously cool longboards. Alpha Longboards was started by Kent Lingeveldt, out of a need for longboards in Cape Town. Why -Alpha- ? Because they believe that with the purchase of an Alpha Longboard comes the beginning of a culmination of a lifelong dream for some, and the re-awakening of a dream for others. Each board is handcrafted in the Alpha workshop by Kent who is an avid longboarder. Alpha was started as a custom board shaping company, but has now developed a standard catalogue range that is constantly growing. They maintain that they sell a lifestyle, not a product. Their most recent creations entitled ‘Local Legends’ is a series of custom stencil artwork by in-house artist Kenan Petersen. First in this beautiful range is the Nelson Mandela board and retails at about $250 each. Personally I just want to hang one on my wall.