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Old 02-15-2011, 06:48 PM   #11
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Yancey taught me how to surf.....he was a deeply religous man and our church had a function on the beach when I was around 15 and he was there surfing, I told him I had always wanted to learn how and he threw me up on his board and gave me some pointers, he was an incredible individual. I can't think of a more appropriate way to go out of this life, doing what he loved, I pray I will be so lucky. Hang ten my friend !
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He was a friend of mine. When he was shapeing boards in the early days my propeller repair shop was next door to his shape shop at the end of McClure drive. I would fix his planers for him and Beezer. We are shocked and can not attend his funeral as I am in Mexico. My deepest sympathies to his family.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:05 PM   #13
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Mourning in Gulf Breeze

Spencer's death has left friends and fans reeling in the surfing, Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze communities. He was known for his healthy lifestyle -- he took the "apple a day" notion seriously. He also was very spiritual, and tried to point people in the direction of God.


He was very active in his stores. Kids from time to time would come in with their skateboards and ask for his autograph, which always surprised the humble surfing pioneer.


At the Gulf Breeze store, stunned longtime surfers wandered in and out all morning, trying to make sense of Spencer's passing. Outside, an electronic billboard flashed the news: "Yancy Spencer III is surfing in heaven" and "We love you; Rest in peace."


The surf shop is full of articles and photos detailing Spencer's life on the water. A large flower arrangement was hand-delivered early today by the owner of Waterboyz, another local surf shop.

Danny Ahern, 56, of Pensacola Beach came in this morning to find out what happened and joined a group of people huddled around the counter.


"I'm very upset," said Ahern, who has known Spencer for 30 years and surfed with him.

"He was a spectacular surfer," Ahern said, shaking his head in disbelief. "That's really all I can say."
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The news spread quickly at Pensacola Beach. In front of Dog House Deli, a chalkboard sign reads "Love you, Yancy."


Dog House owner and surfer Nathan Holler, 25, said this is a tough day in the beach world. Spencer was an idol to younger generations.


"Yancy Spencer brought surfing to Pensacola Beach. He could slide down a wave like nobody else. He invented the dance on the long board. He's responsible for the explosion of surfing here."


Spencer inspired surfers all across the region, Holler said, describing him as the "father of surfing on the Gulf Coast."


As Hollers spoke, nearby Island Realty owner Nan Harper overheard the news for the first time and began to cry.


"He died in paradise," she said. "It's horrible, but what a way to die."

That sentiment is being echoed far and wide, as friends realize Spencer died doing what he loved.


Hollers urges people to honor the surfing legend by enjoying the Gulf Coast the way their hero would.


"Put your toes in the sand, fill your nose full of salt air, and soak in the sun on your board," he said. "He wouldn't want us to be sad and mourning. He'd want us to do what he'd love to do -- surf and enjoy the beach."

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Old 02-15-2011, 08:55 PM   #14
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Life is short -- make every day count. Yancey will be missed and was a fine example of a man who impacted many lives in a positive way. I'm pleased that he passed while doing something he loved.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:25 PM   #15
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I was fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time in and out of the water with Yancey and his two sons Yancey IV and Sterling. I am a better surfer and person because of the time I spent with him. YSIII a great man and mentor, I'm going to miss him and his surfing....
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My heart is sad with this news, I met Yancey in the 8th grade at workman jr. high and we became friends for a long time. I always respected him even when everyone else was calling him a "JESUS FREAK". He lived his life to the best of his and no one else. He always new where he was going!

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Old 02-16-2011, 12:18 AM   #17
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I'll miss seeing his van parked at the beach, what a great guy and surfer.
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It's a sad day and just another reminder of our own mortality. I never became a very accomplished surfer but I did love to watch him surf the waves and frequented his surf shop alot as a kid. Wearing an Innerlight tee was a fashion statement of our youth! My condolences to his family and friends and may they take comfort knowing what an inspiration he was to so many. He was a man of God and now he's riding those neverending glassy overheads in Heaven. RIP, Yancy.
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Here is the website:

http://www.innerlightsurf.com/
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Update: Memorial services were announced this morning on InnerlightSurf.com.

Viewing will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the funeral from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday at Calvary Chapel in Gulf Breeze.

Graveside Services will be at Roselawn with a reception following back at Calvary Chapel.

A "paddle out," in which surfers will go into the Gulf for a service, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday on the left side of Pensacola Beach Pier.
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