Bespectacled pro surfer and comedic surf blogger from Florida’s Gulf Coast. Spencer was born (1988) in Pensacola, Florida, and raised in nearby Gulf Breeze, the son of Yancy Spencer III, a longtime surfshop magnate and pioneering Gulf Coast ripper. Spencer began surfing with his father as a toddler, showed great talent early on, and by age eight was signed to a Billabong sponsorship deal. He enjoyed a successful amateur competitive career in the early 2000s, racking up four NSSA East Coast championship titles.
The air-boosting regularfooter made a brief run at qualifying for the world pro tour, but didn't make the cut and soon turned his attention tos starring in video clips and going on sponsor-backed photo jaunts.
In 2008 Spencer launched PinchMySalt, an absurdist and often hilarious website that featured skits (often involving Spencer dressed up as a centaur), short clips of high-performance surfing starring Spencer and his pro surfer buddies, and general mockery of some of the surf industry’s biggest names. Tow-in surf hero Laird Hamilton came in for a lot of good-natured abuse, though PinchMySalt’s most cherished clip was of French pro Jeremy Flores rebuffing a young fan’s attempt to get his autograph at a contest, with Spencer providing the anguished kid’s voiceover. Flores was enraged, but PinchMySalt rode the publicity to take Surfer magazine’s 2011 Battle of the Blogs crown.