Innerlight’s Yancy Spencer Dies After Surfing

by The Editors on February 16, 2011

Yancy-Spencer-Surfer-Innerlightjpg-Adbf19409970C36CIn more sad news from Valentine’s Day, Innerlight Surf and Skateboard shops owner Yancy Spencer III reportedly died of a heart attack while surfing in Malibu, California, according to a story in the Pensacola News Journal. He was 60 years old.

He was surfing in Malibu when he came ashore with chest pains, Schluter said. . . He called 911, and nearby firefighters rushed to give him CPR. . . Spencer died of an apparent heart attack. . . “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.

Surfer Magazine has called Spencer the “Godfather of Gulf Coast Surfing.” A memorial service will be held for Spencer at Calvary Chapel Gulf Breeze on February 19, 2011. Our thoughts are will Spencer’s family and friends world-wide.

[Link: Pensacola News Journal]

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