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 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.

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/Surfline.com

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An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency scuba instructor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at DeeperBlue.com. 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.


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