Monday, September 25, 2023
FreedivingHawaiian big-wave charger passes away in NorCal

Hawaiian big-wave charger passes away in NorCal


Half Moon Bay, California — Proud father of two with a beautiful wife in Kauai, big wave surfer Sion Milosky took his last goofy-footed charge late Wednesday afternoon at world renowned Maverick’s in Northern California.

After a wipeout and a two-wave hold down at Mavericks, the 35 year old Milosky passed away. Words cannot begin to describe how saddened the surfing community is by this loss.  Despite Maverick’s reputation as a fearsome and monstrous break, Sion’s death is just the second big-wave surfing fatality there. The first occurred Dec. 23, 1994, when another notable Hawaiian waterman, Mark Foo, drowned. Wednesday’s abrupt tragedy comes on the heels of Jacob Trette’s near-fatal hold down at Maverick’s on Jan. 25, 2011.

A report on confirmed that Sion “drowned after enduring a two-wave hold down around 6:30 p.m.,” according to Maverick’s surfer Ken Collins.

Photographer Ryan Craig captured some of the last photos to be taken of Sion and the waves that took him.

A donation fund for Sion’s family has been set up by his previous sponsor Volcom. DeeperBlue sends its deepest sympathies and encourages everyone to make a donation for Sion’s children.

Sion Milosky

Photo courtesy of Tyler Cuddy/

Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.