Surfer from Hawaii killed at Maverick's break
Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
MOSS BEACH — An experienced surfer from Hawaii was killed at the Northern California break called Maverick's, where stories-high swells attract the world's best big-wave surfers and can sometimes prove treacherous.
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday's death of Sion Milosky, 35, of Haleiwa, Hawaii, on Thursday.
The cause of death is still pending. But Ken Collins, a fellow surfer, said Milosky appears to have drowned after the lip of the wave he was riding collapsed on him around 6:30 p.m.
"Sion was dominating it. He was out there catching so many waves. He was so good," Collins told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Milosky was staying with Collins in Santa Cruz.
Another surfer found Milosky's body at the entrance to Pillar Point Harbor, about a mile from Maverick's.
Rescue crews responded to a report of a possible drowning around 6:51 p.m. and transported him to Seton Coastside Hospital in Moss Beach, said Felton Fire Capt. Loree Borelli.
The waves at Maverick's have made it a coveted destination for the world's best big-wave surfers and the site of a prestigious and perilous contest.
The contest — first held there in 1999 — did not come together this year because the right combination of swell, wind and weather was missing.
But surfers continue to come to Maverick's willing to risk injury for a chance to surf the break.
Another surfer, Jacob Trette, nearly drowned in January when he was pummeled and washed through rocks by a big wave at Maverick's. In 1994, Mark Foo, a seasoned big-wave surfer from Hawaii, was killed while surfing the spot.
Like Foo, Milosky apparently had experience surfing big waves. Last month, he received the North Shore Underground Surfer of the Year award, which is given to surfers based on their performance in contests and free-surfing abilities.
Milosky apparently used some of the $25,000 prize money to fly to California this week to catch one of the last big swells at Maverick's this season.
Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com
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