Standup paddle community weeps at death of Sophia Tiare Bartlow

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Bright smiles and stylish moves, that's what Sophia Tiare Bartlow will be remembered for
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The standup paddling community sustained a devastating blow on Sunday when word got out that 25-year-old rising star, Sophia Tiare Bartlow, was killed in a car crash on Oahu.

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25 year old Sophia Tiare Bartlow bringing a bright smile to all her events.

Champion in the rising

Longboarding champ, sup racer and the girl with a great golden smile.  That’s how Sophia Tiare Bartlow will always be remembered.  Known for her stylish moves in the surf as well as her tenacity as a sup racer, Sophia Tiare Bartlow, was one of the North Shore’s golden girls.  She took to everything she did with a vigor and a passion which inspired the folks around her.  Her mom, World Champion surfer Jericho Poppler and founder of the International Professional Surfers (IPS) female’s surfing tour, raised Sophia in Long Beach, CA.  Sophia later attended the University of Hawaii, graduating in 2013.  She went on to win countless longboard contests and was a colorful personality, both in and out of the water. She was twenty-five years old.

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Longboarder, sup surfer and ranked no. 12 in the 2015 World Tour of sup racing, Sophia passed away on Saturday night in Oahu. Photo by: Ron Gay Photography

Dreams cut short

Reports show that Sophia was traveling with her boyfriend at about 10:15 Saturday night on Waialua Beach Road just west of Haleiwa Road when the driver lost control of the car, veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit a large tree in a residential neighborhood.  Sophia, unrestrained in the passenger seat, was badly hurt in the accident. She was taken from the scene to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and died.  Police say excessive speed and alcohol were related in the crash.

The driver, Sophia’s boyfriend, was also taken to the hospital in serious condition and was later arrested for drunk driving and other charges.

Remembrances

Sophia’s bright light was a beacon for many in both the surf and on the standup paddling racing circuit.  Well known for her positive energy, big smile and loving personality, she ranked 12th in the Standup World Series women’s tour by the Waterman’s League in 2015.  She also recently created a GoFundMe account stating her goals to achieve championship titles in 2017 in women’s racing and sup surf categories.

Athletes around the globe are grieving the loss of this young athlete who held such a promising career before her.  Sophia’s talents, drive and great spiritual energy remind us all to cherish the moment and take care of each other.  Rest in peace, Sophia.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.