Being a bike messenger is all about flow. As is life, says Alfred Bobé Jr.

Huck's Fiftieth Special collects lessons learned and creative advice from fifty of the most inspiring people we know. Each day we'll be sharing a new excerpt from the magazine. Today, Alfred Bobé Jr. explains how being a bike messenger is all about flow. As is life.

After breaking into the messenger scene, Alfred Bobé Jr. quickly got a rep for putting himself in spots that may seem unthinkable for even the most hardcore riders. Take a look at Lucas Brunelle’s alleycat documentary Line of Sight and you’ll see Bobé pushing his ride headlong into oncoming traffic, squeezing between New York cabs and negotiating moving intersections. At racing speed.

Sitting in his Brooklyn home with his three young sons Sebastian, Kaden and Lucien, days after winning an unprecedented fifth Monster Track title, Alfred explains how surfing taught him how to live in the moment:

“I grew up in paradise. Back in the Caribbean I always had the ocean to escape to when shit went off. Out there I felt so good – that nothing else really mattered except this next wave coming in – and that’s what life really was to me as a kid. It taught me to live in the moment, right then and there.” 

This is just a short excerpt from Huck’s Fiftieth Special, a collection of fifty personal stories from fifty inspiring lives.

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