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.