Daredevil Breaks High Wire Record at Atlantis, Bahamas

Posted Aug 30th 2010 02:52 PMUpdated Aug 30th 2010 03:04 PM


Nik Wallenda, self-professed "King of the High Wire," broke his own world record in a stunt at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, as thousands of resort guests looked on.

More than 26 stories above the Caribbean Sea, on wire stretched 100 feet between the resort's East and West Royal Towers, Wallenda broke the Guinness World Record for highest bicycle ride, the resort says.

A seventh generation member of the Flying Wallendas circus family, Wallenda far exceeded his previous "highest" record, achieved cycling 135 feet above the Prudential Building in Newark.

Wallenda also holds the world record for longest bicycle ride on a wire – 235 feet – for the New Jersey stunt.

A second feat at Atlantis had Wallenda setting a personal record by walking on a wire a distance of about 2,000 feet from the West Tower to The Cove Atlantis, at a height of 250 feet.

Below, in the resort's open-air marine habitat, were creatures including piranha, barracuda and sharks. And the stunt was performed in deteriorating weather that included rain, wind and a threat of lightening.

Wallenda says it was the "longest walk" of his life.

The high wire star's father, a former tight rope walker himself, suffered from heat exhaustion while helping his son rig the wire for the second stunt, and was not able to witness the feat.

"I did this for my dad," says Wallenda. "The show must go on."

Discovery Channel filmed the stunt, to air in a special on Wallenda in 2011.

Photos courtesy of Atlantis, Paradise Island
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Nobody will EVER top Philippe Petit's high-wire walk between the N.Y. Twin Towers in 1974. Talk about your cojones grandes!! This guy clanks when he walks.


September 02 2010 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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August 31 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeez... This guy has some big-ass balls....Go CUBS....

August 31 2010 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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WONDERFUL feat and a job well done. Have followed the Wallendas for years. As for the the Cubs? As Jesus said to them..... "Don't do anything till I get back".

August 31 2010 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Flutter

Rick, as a cubs fan, "you" probably want to get as "close" as possible to this stuntmans 'gonads'..or as you so elequently said, "Geez- this guys has some bigass balls :-)" and go cobs

no offense to you or any Cubby "hubbies"..

But for you to speak or type, so... so..hmmm..
for you to seem like you are so attracted to another man's family Jewels... scares this G-fan, I hope your big-o- ball boys can't catch a wild card break..
Go Steve Bartman!!! Go Steve Go!!

Rick, please, next time, don't say "balls".. especially in "that way".. it takes us a notch or two..........down,down,down...
ok.. i expect some thumbs down... sorry...

August 31 2010 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply