Frequently asked questions to Founder / Bobby Vaughn
What does FTW stand for?
FTW stands for a lot of different things to a lot of different people. All I can tell you is what it means to me. I trademarked FTW because I connected it to the rage and loss I was feeling in my life. Money, my career, my son, and almost my freedom…. it felt like EVERYTHING! Being in utter darkness I began to envision another image for FTW, a mission to take all the negative things in this world and to fight my rebellious attitude with acts of righteousness. The true inspiration behind FTW has become hope, life, and redemption. I was able to see that the rage I carried was towards all the evil and unjust things in my life. Since I have gratefully been given a second and third chance in life my mission today is to help others; FTW now stands for Follow The Word, Fix The World, Fight The Wicked,and Feel The Water!
How did you get Bobby Martinez for FTW?
I met Bobby while living on The North Shore of Oahu years ago. After following his career and observing the scrutiny and at times lack of support from the industry and corporate sponsors that a professional surfer at his level should have I knew that Bobby was a perfect fit for FTW. The problems that some of his other sponsors had either finding it difficult to market him because he’s not like the average Orange County surfer or using his image to profile a “Hispanic Surfer” was never authentic Bobby Martinez. I met with him and explained what the FTW Brand and mission were about and he decided maybe because of where he was at in his life and career that he was totally on board. He felt like FTW fit him and we both were excited to partner and build this brand together. Read more about Bobby Martinez: Team Rider Profile
I have been surfing my entire life. I was a sponsored competitive surfer where I was raised in Santa Cruz, California. Somehow everything I have and have had in my life has been interwoven with surfing. I am forever grateful for the impact surfing made and the gift surfing has been in my life. God willing I’ll be able to surf until the day I die. Just goes to show don’t judge a book by its cover.
Read more about Bobby Vaughn: The Story of Bobby Vaughn
I’m feelin’ the brand, so where can I get a hat, shirts or stickers?
Products are sold directly here on the shop section of the site. Be on the look out for FTW products in your neighborhood’s local surf shop, as we will be targeting partnerships with core surf shops only. FTW will NOT be available everywhere!