Kent Lingeveldt is a skateboarder, boardshaper and photographer from Cape Town, South Africa. He's been skating for 22 years and shaping boards for 15 years. He founded his own company, Alpha Longboards in 2000, and from his workshop in Woodstock he makes custom boards. "Offering quality handcrafted skateboards to a global market and being able to skate daily is what drives me," says Lingeveldt – and he has earned himself legendary status on the local skate scene.
At the heart of Alpha Longboards is skateboarding and an immersion in the South African culture. A motto from the early days was (and still is) “beg, borrow, steal”. Not to promote illegal behavior, but to adopt a mindset that the Alpha crew will do what they need to skate. Born and raised on the streets of Cape Town’s Cape Flats, Alpha Longboards has, does, and will always be a skate culture brand first and foremost, translating what is true to Lingeveldt into what he offers the world.