I wasn't sure whether to put this in news or in fashion.......
FRENCH POLYNESIA: Mike Varney Becomes Latest Tahitian Pearl Prince
Saturday: July 8, 2006
(Tahitipresse) - Eighteen-year-old Mike Varney, the "Prince of the Ocean", has joined the ranks of the Tahitian Pearl Princes, a group of six athletes who are worldwide ambassadors for the Tahitian cultured pearl.
All wearing the "Tahitian Link", the Tahitian Pearl Princes are part of Perles de Tahiti's international campaign promoting entry level Tahitian pearl jewelry in a market of young people from ages 15 to 35 who live in a universe of surfing, skiing or boarding and now kayaking.
The aim is to reach a young audience with unisex Tahitian pearl jewelry available as neck, wrist and ankle leather cords, each featuring a single Tahitian pearl. That is the Tahitian Link concept, which offers a generic series of Tahitian pearl jewelry worn as a sign of identification available in thousands of varieties.
Varney joins Hira Teriinatoofa, the Prince of the Waves, an international surfing champion; Robert Teriitehau, Prince of the Wind, a five-time world windsurfing champion; Rodolphe Vinh Tung, Prince of the Lagoon, a three-time European wakeboard champion; Tamatoa Zebrowski, Prince of the Snow, a junior snowboard world champion; and Tuterai Montaron, Prince of the air, a kite surfing champion.
Varney has a long list of awards in both kayak and outrigger canoe racing in French Polynesia. On the world scene, he was on the world champion canoe paddling team in the junior category for three different events during world speed races held earlier this year in New Zealand.
In kayak competition, Varney was junior champion in the King of the Harbor World Cup held last year in New Zealand and in the Volvic-Mitsubishi Motors World Cup held last year in Tahiti. He looks forward to participating in upcoming international competitions, such as the French championship in France, the World Cup in Africa and the World Cup in Australia.
Varney has been participating in kayak competitions for the past 18 months, but has raced in outrigger canoe competitions for the past 4.5 years.