On Saturday — according to a report by Hawaii News Now — 25-year-old standup paddleboarding athlete Sophia Tiare Bartlow died in a car crash in the town of Waialua on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Hawaii News Now reports that Bartlow was the passenger in a truck being driven by her 35-year-old boyfriend, Sage Candelaria, when Candelaria lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree at around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night.
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Bartlow was unrestrained in the crash and was pinned under the truck. She was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.
The Star-Advertiser also reports that Candelaria was speeding and had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and subsequently arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide, drunken driving and driving without a license.
Bartlow was an able competitor in the world of standup paddleboarding and aspired to make a name for herself in SUP. On her personal webpage, she listed “world titles” and “Olympic gold” as some of her goals.
Bartlow won the 2014 U.S. SUP Surfing Tour in her rookie season.
According to the Waterman League, she finished 12th in the world in the 2015 Women’s Standup Paddleboarding World Series and tied for ninth in the 2016 Women’s Standup Paddleboarding World Tour.
Bartlow’s passing was met with grief within the SUP community, where fellow competitors took to Instagram to pay their repects:
My heart is broken. You have left us too soon, @sophiatiare. I will miss seeing your beautiful smile out on the water, and contagious energy. I will never forget the first time I met you. This year, my 2017 race season is going out to Sophia and her family. Rest In Peace Sea Sister, you will be more than missed #SeaSisterSophia
The world just lost a Legend!!! @sophiatiare I am in absolute and utter shock to find out this amazing women and unbelievable friend has just passed away ….I can't believe it Sophia…You were literally the first person I ever met doing the Stand Up World Tour and by far the most supportive competitor I have ever surfed against. You were there for everything, and I mean everything…I have so many memories of you helping me and taking care of me on all the world tour event…it's literally insane you were like my supportive zen mom cheerleader…Thinking back at all the moments we shared together makes me want to start crying. I can't believe I will never see you again…Wow God is so lucky to have you by his side now. You are an inspiration and a beautiful human being. I will miss you dearly and my thoughts and prayers go out to your mom, family, and friends….RIP beautiful seasister
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