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Can Rockaway be the next Santa Cruz? That's what Brian Vaughn, a Von Dutch founder and occasional criminal, is trying to inspire with the opening of his new surf shop, FTW. The Times thinks he has a shot: "New York City has designated a section of the beach, near Beach 90th Street, for surfing only. Many houses nearby are rented by groups of surfers seeking a waterfront outpost, and surfboards on the A train are a common sight. With the rise of the urban surfer here, Mr. Vaughn sees a niche in which surfing, fashion and bad-boy street culture converge." [NYT]