Sion Milosky

Sion Milosky, 35, of Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii, drowned while big wave surfing at Maverick's on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Milosky was named the North Shore Underground Surfer of the Year last month. Vans and Surfing Magazine developed the award to promote unheralded surf talent in the Hawaiian Islands, and it was based on all-around performance in contests and free surfing. Milosky used some of the prize of $25,000 in travel funds to fly to Santa Cruz to catch one of the last big swells of the season at Maverick's.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2011