Yancy Spencer III: Gulf Coast surf legend

Yancy Bailey Spencer III, the father of Gulf Coast surfing, has been honoured with a statue, on Pensacola Beach, Florida.


A large number of surf fans gathered at Pensacola Beach for a special moment. The legendary surfer Yancy Spencer III has been immortalized with a beautiful statue.

The artwork displays Spencer's blown back hair, with his a surfboard, as he heads to the line-up for just another surf session. It was sculpted by Randy New.

"We feel like that Yancy hopefully can represent a lot of the fallen surfers from this area. You had to dream big if you were a surfer on the Gulf Coast. That's for sure", says J.B. Schluter, Spencer's brother and a Gulf Breeze city councilman.

Yancy Spencer III passed away in 2011, at the age of 60, suffering a heart attack while surfing at County Line, in California.