Queens – The Rockaways
1-63 Beach 116th St (bet. Rockaway Beach Blvd. and Ocean Promenade)
Queens, NY 11694
Bobby Vaughn, a Santa Cruz, CA, native and co-founder of the Von Dutch clothing line, opened FTW less than a block from the beach. Only a few months into his endeavor, FTW is already a local hangout for a slew of young surf hopefuls whom Vaughn eventually wants to assemble into a team and take over the waves. Unlike some of its competitors, the store sells first-rate boards made in Australia and other high-quality merch (read: a little expensive, but worth the price).