Sophia Tiaré Bartlow

Mother Jericho Poppler stands with her daughter, Sophia Tiaré Bartlow, for a photo.

Wilson High School Athletic Hall of Fame member Sophia Tiaré Bartlow died in a car accident on Oahu’s North Shore last weekend.

Bartlow, a third generation water woman, is the daughter of Naples resident and World Champion surfer Jericho Poppler. Bartlow was a competitive long boarder, who competed on the Stand Up World Tour and won the U.S. SUP Tour national title in 2014. She was 25.

The crash occurred 10:15 p.m. Saturday night when the car Bartlow was a passenger in lost control on Waialua Beach Road in Waialua and struck a tree. The driver was arrested.

After graduating from Wilson, Bartlow went on to earn a degree from the University of Hawaii in 2013 and was known for her kind heart and giving spirit.

No information about a memorial was available at press time.

—Jo Murray

Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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