Yancy Spencer III statue and appreciative fan.
Yancy Spencer III statue and appreciative fan.

Surfer Dude Statue

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Gulf Breeze, Florida

Yancy Spencer III, aka "The Duke of the Gulf Coast," was so passionate about surfing that he opened a Florida surf shop when he was just a teenager. That surf shop was still in business when The Duke, age 60, dropped dead of a heart attack while surfing in Malibu, California.

Several hundred people attended the dedication of a beachside statue of Yancy on February 16, 2013, two years and two days after his final ride. Sculpted by Randy New, it depicts The Duke in middle age, with spray-slicked hair, board shorts, and a surfboard under his arm, gazing toward the water, looking for his next wave.

Spectators tossed rose petals at Yancy's feet, and his widow sang a song "Ride, Yancy, Ride," which ended:
Ride Yancy Ride, surf the winds of the heavens
From this earth you did depart, with a champion's heart!

Surfer Dude Statue

3 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Gulf Breeze, FL
Look for the big water tower in the beachfront parking lot. The statue is on the beach in front of it, in a little grove of palm trees.
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