Be prepared to socialize at this hangout hub, just a half block from Rockaway Beach it's home to about 50 local surfers. Geared toward high-performance surfing, FTW, also known throughout the community as "For the Waves," "Free the World," "Fill the Water," and other fun (and explicit) interpretations, sponsors kids in the neighborhood for various competitions. This luxury surf shop--owner Bobby Vaughn likens the goods he carries to car brands Ferrari and Maserati--promotes Jason Stevenson pro-model boards imported from Australia ($600) and Ruca boardshorts ($50). With a new bamboo tiki lounge opening soon behind the shop, this 15,000-square-foot site will undoubtedly attract even more regulars.
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