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

March 17, 2011 |  7:46 am

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