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 MercuryNews.com 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.