2012-2013 LIVE LIKE SION


This is a grass roots event held in honor of Sion Milosky, world-class big wave waterman and Pipeline master. This challenge is for the “boys” and for those who surf or photograph Pipeline and Backdoor.

Sion loved watching his friends out in the lineup and encouraged them all to go for it and get shacked. In true Sion fashion, this unique contest creates camaraderie between surfers and photographers. Any registered photographer may submit a photo of any registered surfer. This levels the playing field and increases the likelihood that underground pipe chargers get great photos!

Once you register, you will receive LIVE LIKE SION decals that you will be required to place on your boards where they will be seen. This way, the photographers know which surfers are participating in the contest. We know that because of the nature of waves and lighting, not all stickers will be visible in every shot, HOWEVER, you are on your honor that your stickers are on your boards and all shots will be cross-referenced with registration forms.

In addition to receiving LIVE LIKE SION decals for your boards, you will also receive a limited edition LIVE LIKE SION t-shirt to commemorate this Second Annual Steep & Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge. Wear it with pride!

This challenge is an equal opportunity playing field for all the surfers and photographers participating out in the lineup. Surfers and photographers go hand in hand and you can’t have one without the other. This event is to recognize the skills and abilities of both the surfers and the photographers. Submit your best photo and it could win. It doesn’t matter if your sponsored or not. If you charge as a surfer and or if you’re a photographer and take risks or have that special angle to get that perfect shot, submit your photo and you, you could win. This challenge only includes waves caught or shot at Pipeline and or Backdoor surf spots within the contest time period. Surfers are encouraged to coordinate with any and all photographers who may have captured their images of the ride in question to ensure they enter the images in the contest. Surfers last day to register is on November 30, 2012. Photographers can enter at any time until and no later than 11:59 p.m (HST) of February 10, 2013. Only registered participants can submit their
photos for contention.

All registered surfers and photographers should regularly check wwww.LiveLikeSion.com or email steepanddeeppipeline@gmail.com for latest roster of photographers and surfers competing in the Steep and Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge.


Simply log onto the LiveLikeSion.com website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer, or submit images directly to photos@livelikesion.com

Name of surfer, photographer, location (Pipeline or Backdoor) and date must be included in your submission, as well as file name for each of the submitted images (ex. milsoky-russo-pipe-1-1-12.jpg).

Submitted photos should high resolution, corrected .jpg (requested size of 72 dpi @ 1500 x 1000 pixels) along with the raw file.

If the total file size exceeds 20MB, it is highly recomended that you use a file sharing service such as yousendit.com or sendspace.com to deliver your photos. Please include the download link in your submission email.

Both single image and sequences accepted. When submitting multiple images, a .zip archive containing all the relevant filed is preferred.

No image enhancing or video stills allowed.

Deadline for photo submission will be no later than 11:59 p.m (HST) on February 10, 2013.

The entries will be judged in accordance with the judging criteria, as defined below.


a) Selection of Finalists: After the closing date of the contest window, the judging panel will evaluate the entries for adherence to the rules, and from the qualified entries nominate five finalists. The judges will determine with careful consideration and consensus the winning photo based on the criteria set forth.

b) Judging Panel: A select panel of judges will decide the winner of this season’s event. The judges are respected individuals within the north shore surfing community and or notable in their own right as proving themselves to be Pipeline/Backdoor specialists and or notable respected Pipeline surfing photographers.

c) Judging Method: Following the close of the contest period, the judges will be contacted and given details on how to review all the shots submitted via the website or other technically sufficient manner of content delivery.
Judges will be expected to use their best efforts to fully review all images and participate according to the rules and spirit of the event. Judges who may have personally witnessed a candidates ride may draw on those experiences in addition to the related sequence if submitted. Judges should refrain from lobbying other judges or otherwise making their votes public prior to the passing of the voting deadline.

d) Judging Criteria and Guidance: Photo entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in expressing the contest and theme.

Judges are looking for the style and commitment of the surfer given the critical circumstance he/she is faced with on the wave, wave and barrel size, difficulty to negotiate a section, along with positioning and depth of surfer in the barrel.

Aside from the steepness and deepness of the surfer in the image, all photographs will be judged on overall composition, sharpness and image quality and personal shooting style of the photographer from water or land.

e) Judging Points System: After becoming familiar with all the photos, judges will then collaboratively choose 5 finalist images. Each judge will be asked to consider the judging criteria and guidance and rank the five finalist rides in the order they feel appropriate from first to fifth place. Each judge will then submit his or her ballot by email to the event director. The following point values will be assigned to the ranking on each ballot and an overall total will be calculated from all ballots submitted.

1st= 100 points, 2nd= 75 points, 3rd= 55 points, 4th= 40 points, 5th= 30 points

In case of a judge assigning a tie to two or more photos on a ballot, the averaged score of the tied photos on that ballot will be tallied. For example, a tie between 4th and 5th would each receive 35 points, etc.

An appropriate deadline will be set for receipt of all ballots. Any ballots submitted after the deadline will not be counted. Individual ballots will remain secret to ensure candid input.

The winning surfer and photographer will be selected on or about the 2nd week following the close of the Entry Period and notified by email and or phone immediately following the winners decision.

Sponsors reserve the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by sponsors and judges in their sole

Decisions of the judges are final and binding. Entries not complying with the rules set forth above will be disqualified.



Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules and the decisions of the sponsor and judges, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Any entrant may be disqualified at sponsor’s sole discretion if he/she fails to comply with any of the terms of these official rules.


The sponsors of the Steep and Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge is Sion Milosky, LLC a.k.a Live Like Sion, Volcom, Vans, Surfing magazine and Oakley.


Photos must be captured during the Entry Period. The contest begins November 10, 2012 at 12:01 am HST and ends February 10, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. HST (the “Entry Period”). All entries must be received by the entry deadline.


Employees of Sion Milosky, LLC and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Surfers must be experienced at surfing Pipeline and/ or Backdoor. Photographs may be professional or amateur photographers. Water photographers must be experienced with shooting Pipeline and/ or Backdoor. Safety is the single most important statement to be made in outlining the rules for this event is that safety must be of the highest importance. Any attempts that are extraordinarily dangerous, discourteous or unsportsmanlike are strictly prohibited and will under no circumstances be considered for the prize. Contestants are expected to demonstrate the high level of dedication to safety that has defined the top levels of Pipeline and Backdoor surfing. This award is meant to honor and reward the individual who have demonstrated great surfing skill at Pipeline and or Backdoor surf spots.-it will not acknowledge any instances of recklessness. This event is in no way intended to encourage unqualified surfers and or photographers to take risks for which they are unprepared. Entrants under 18 years of age must have parent and or guardians signature of consent.


To enter, please email steepanddeeppipeline@gmail.com for a registration packet. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. You will receive a competitors t-shirt and decals for each surfer to put on their boards and decals for photographers to use as they see fit. There is a suggested donation of $20.00 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Foundation at registration for both surfers and photographers. Surfers last day to register to participate is November 30, 2012. Photographers can enter anytime up until Feb 10, 2013 11:59 pm HST.


By submitting an entry, you represent and warrant that (a) you are the creator of the entry, (b) the entry is wholly original, (c) the entry does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, including any current or former employer, and does not defame any person or identify any person by name other identifying information, (d) the entry does not violate any law or regulation, (e) you own all rights to your entry (including, without limitation, the copyrights in the recording and the performance contained therein), and (f) you agree to waive any claim for reimbursement for any equipment or materials necessary to submit an entry regardless of whether or not that entry is selected for any prize. Sponsor’s determination as to whether any entry potentially violates the rights of any third party is final.



No prize transfer, assignment or substitution by winners permitted. If an offered prize is unavailable, Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Some restrictions apply; and each such prize is subject to availability.

First Place Winners Will Receive

Bragging rights for the surfer getting the best barrel ride and photo of the 2012-2013 winter season at Pipeline or Backdoor.

The winning photo will appear in Surfing Magazine

Photographer bragging rights and credits with winning photo

Custom made hard wood frame with winning photo and plaque to both surfer and photographer

Photographer prize $2,500.00

Surfer prize $2,500.00


Winning photo will be announced in Surfing Magazine, LiveLikeSion.com and various surfing media outlets.