When Tiki Bree’s parents relocated the family from Pittsburgh to Cocoa Beach in the 1950′s (the heyday of Fla kitsch), astronauts, mermaids, alligator wrestlers, & tikis were indelibly etched into their little girl’s psyche.
Flash forward to the 2006 Hukilau, where Tiki Bree lived her inner mermaid fantasy by swimming at the Wreck Bar.
Once is never enough so Bree sought training from the famous Weeki Wachee former mermaids, Barbara Wynns & Lydia Dodson at the Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp. Learning to mermaid in the springs of the iconic underwater theatre only furthered her passion. Mermaid artist Julie Komenda was inspired to create a painting from a photo her husband Chris took of one of Bree’s dives. Entitled Bree Ascending, Julie describes her piece, “The Mermaid Culture is steeped in life changes and affirmation. So as she glides up from the depths to the surface, eyes closed, Bree is making her way in beauty. She is liquidly moving in self realization.”
NBC also captured one of Tiki Bree’s swims when filming Jenna Learns To Be a Mermaid. The feature spotlighted Weeki Wachee’s mermaid experience & was aired on the Today Show last August.
Bree’s enthusiasm for mermaiding and her (possibly illegal) fondness for her mono-fin assure that she’ll continue to be a mermaid for quite some time.