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Old 02-15-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default Pensacola surfing legend Yancy Spencer dies

http://www.pnj.com/article/20110215/...y-Spencer-dies


Pensacola surfing legend Yancy Spencer III died of an apparent heart attack while surfing in California. He was 60.


Spencer owned and operated four Innerlight Surf & Skate shops: two in Pensacola, one in Destin and one in Gulf Shores, Ala. He founded the company in 1969.

"He was very healthy, very fit. He surfed every day and paddled every day. That's what we're all shocked about," his brother and partner, J.B. Schluter, said this morning.



Spencer was surfing Monday in Malibu when he came ashore with chest pains, Schluter said.


He called 911, and nearby firefighters rushed to give him CPR. He was feeling fine for a short time afterward -- well enough to call his daughter, actress Abby Spencer, and tell her it was a wonderful day and he wanted to take her to dinner.


After the call, however, he had a major heart attack.


Schluter said his brother had a complete physical just last year.


"The doctors said he had the heart of a 30-year-old," said Schluter, who is also a Gulf Breeze City Council member. "You just never know."

Yancy's brother, John Spencer, is pastor of Calvary Chapel in Gulf Breeze. He will be overseeing arrangements.


Here is his website:

http://www.innerlightsurf.com/

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ahhh man thats not good, he was a stand up guy

hope his family can handle it all with him gone
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Sad I went to school with Yancy IV. He will be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wow, I hate to hear that. I knew Yancy back in the 60's and he was a great surfer then and even nicer guy.
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That's really tragic.... I remember him when I was a kid (60's), used to ride motocross around his same group. I remember when he flipped his white and green Ossa trials bike while doing a wheelie down Mobile Highway... Itís just fortunate that he lived life loving every second of it as he didÖ. Terrible news............
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Man that truly suxs and prayers sent for his family but I will say that at least have was doing what he LOVED and help pioneer!!
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That's really tragic.... I remember him when I was a kid (60's), used to ride motocross around his same group. I remember when he flipped his white and green Ossa trials bike while doing a wheelie down Mobile Highway... It’s just fortunate that he lived life loving every second of it as he did…. Terrible news............
Yea he use to ride the Clay Pits in Bellview.
He and Red Sorrells and Gary Lambert were my Hero's

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Red Sorrels is a name I haven't heard in ages. Worked wth Red at Hess Marine in the late 70's. Prayers sent for the Spencer family.
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