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Great-grandson of legendary Flying Wallenda completes tightrope walk above Florida freeway (video)

Jan 30, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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The trickiest part of this stunt, I would imagine, is obtaining the necessary permits and permissions to walk across a wire 200 feet above the freeway without a safety net or harness. Nik Wallenda, great-grandson of legendary circus daredevil Karl Wallenda, walked across a wire strung between two condos in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday, in full view of a large crowd that included his two young children.

The Sarasota City Commission approved the stunt. So, sure, a guy can walk across a wire with no safety net — but just try and get a Walmart in town.

Since the permit allowed the highway to be closed for just an hour, Wallenda’s crew had just 15 minutes to adjust the stabilizing cables. Wallenda complained at times that it was “really sloppy.”

“Holy crap,” he said. “Come on guys, it’s horrible.”

Despite the danger, he kept calm and joked with his father: “Who do I need to spank when I get down?”

Sorry Nik, that’s not part of the act. The city council will never approve it.

  1. mf44srq - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Freeway? US-41?!? C’mon guys, do some homework. It’s a 4-lane street, maybe even a mislabeled boulevard, but freeway? There are no freeways in Florida. The 405 in LA, that’s a freeway!

    • mf44srq - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      And it wasn’t between 2 condos, but a crane and a condo.