Big Wind Gusts Surprised Tightrope Walker Balancing 200 Feet Over Highway


Nik Wallenda completed a 200-foot high tightrope walk above a highway on Tuesday. He wasn’t wearing a harness and there was no safety net below him.

The stunt took place in Wallenda’s hometown of Sarasota, Florida.  

Even though the 34-year-old is a pro at this sort of thing (he’s the same guy who walked across Niagra Falls last year), he said afterward that the wind was a lot stronger than expected. He was near the water so there were no buildings to block the strong gusts. 

But all went well. It took Wallenda 9 minutes to stroll 600 feet from start to end.

“Right before I step on a wire, I say a prayer with my family, give my wife and kids a hug and a kiss, and then I go to work,” he told the AP. “It’s my job, it’s my career, it’s my passion, it’s what I love to do,” he added. 

Sure, just another day at the office. 

Watch the death-defying stunt below, courtesy of The Telegraph

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