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Hawaiian big-wave rider Sion Milosky, 35, dies in surfing accident at Maverick's

Big-wave surfer Sion Milosky died Wednesday while surfing Maverick's in Northern California. He was 35.

Pete Thomas Outdoors reported that Milosky died after being pummeled by waves late in the day while surfing the infamous big-wave break off Half Moon Bay.

Milosky, of Kauai, Hawaii, was brought to shore by other surfers and taken by ambulance to Seton Coastside Medical Center after unsuccessful CPR efforts.

Maverick's surfer Ken Collins, who Milosky was staying with in Santa Cruz, told the Mercury News that Milosky apparently drowned after the lip of a wave he was riding collapsed on top of him, driving Milosky's board straight to the bottom. Another wave crashed over Milosky shortly after, Collins said.

Milosky, who is survived by his wife and two young children, is only the second surfer believed to be killed at Maverick's. The first was Mark Foo, also of Hawaii, who drowned in 1994.

-- Kelly Burgess

Video: Sion Milosky's biggest wave. Credit: abstractlines.tv via Vimeo


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Comments (7)

Sorry for his orphaned "kid".

Another "Hawaiian" leaves life and his responsibilities behind for others to try finish his work.

A sad day... R.I.P bro...

Big wednesday BRA......you dioed doing what you did best and we are in awe as we were when you were here.

Ho 'omaika 'i pu, Sion.

RIP brother~ it sadns me everytime i see someone die like this IZ~AI~see you in heaven bothers :-)

I'm saddened to hear this news. I had the pleasure of meeting Sion in Hawaii over 15 years ago and he a was gracious and humble human being, as appreciative and polite as they come. He was one of the best surfers ever at Pipeline, displaying an almost sixth sense in his ability to read and adapt to the ocean's movements.

You will always be remembered. We will miss you and wish you Aloha on your new journey where the waves are always huge and never crowed. May God bless your family.


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