The second annual Steep and Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge, which is being held in memory of Sion Milosky, a big-wave surfer who drowned at surf spot Mavericks in 2011, began last week on November 10.
The contest returns after a successful inaugural event, with Billy Kemper and photographer Zak Noyle getting the top prize for their dreamy, backlit Pipe bomb. This year there is even more prize money at stake.
According to Surfing Magazine which is sponsoring the contest, “Sion was an extraordinarily talented and humble family man. His unparalleled bravery in big waves and his first passion, charging Pipeline, made a lasting impact on the greater surf world. Steep and Deep celebrates the commitment that Sion embodied by rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter from Pipeline or Backdoor.”
Photographers and surfers have from Nov. 10 until Feb. 10 to shoot the two Hawaiian waves, rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter. All surfers and photographers, regardless of magazine or brand affiliation, are eligible to enter. The winners will receive $2,500 each and Vans will match the winnings by donating $5,000 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund, which was set up to help Milosky’s wife and two young children.
All entries must occur during free surf sessions — no waves ridden during a heat will be considered. Images will be judged by a panel of Sion’s peers, Pipeline specialists and photography experts.
Surfers and photographers can register in person at Sunset Beach Elementary on November 12, 6 to 9pm, or via email at email@example.com. The last day to register is November 30. A donation of $20.00 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund is suggested upon registration. All who participate will receive a T-Shirt and Live Like Sion stickers.