Sion Milosky loses life in big wave surf at Mavericks

March 17, 2011 | Surfing
Sion Milosky: big wave charger

Sion Milosky, professional big wave rider, has lost his life in the giant surf at Mavericks, San Francisco, California. Milosky, 35, was a courageous, humble and respect citizen, surfer and father of two girls.

Surfers say he was charging 40-60 foot waves at Mavericks, a few minutes before sunset. Apparently, Milosky fell after a wave lip collapsed over him, in low tide, and then another big wave crashed him.

"I'm pretty sure he wiped out, board came away, he had no leash", said big wave Grant Washburn to Hawaii News Now. Miloski had a lot of experience in Mavericks and in big surfing days. Originally from Kalaheo, he moved to Oahu's North Shore where he started to train and be prepared for giant waves.

The body of Sion Milosky was found minutes after the tragic accident. He was taken by Cal Fire to Seaton Coastside Medical Center in Half Moon Bay, where rescue units unsuccessfully attempted CPR.

Sion was a close friend of Andy Irons and had surfed the biggest wave ever paddled at Himalayas, last winter. He was also a hero, after saving a woman's life, at Rocky Point, a couple of months ago. He will always be remembered for being a true free surfer.

The Half Moon Bay tragedy brings up the issue of safety and jet ski support in big wave surfing days.

Milosky was considered North Shore Underground Surfer of the Year 2010. Leave your condolences in his Facebook page.