Nik and Delilah Wallenda Make a Historic Walk in Tampa (2 Videos)

Look up in the sky. It’s Nik Wallenda and his 66-year-old mother, walking the high wire towards each other – coming from different buildings!!

Following the brand’s signature Guitar Smash, Nik Wallenda, 40, a seventh-generation member of the Great Wallendas, along with his 66-year-old mother, Delilah, thrilled invited guests with a 150-foot-long high wire walk between the two towers of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, overlooking the newly expanded pool deck 175 feet below.

We were invited to cover the walk from the rooftop of the hotel and were quickly escorted from the pool to the roof of the 17th-floor property. From our vantage point, the roof of the hotel, we could hear Nik talking and checking in with his mom, Delilah. We could hear the crowd roaring from below. Two news choppers were directly above us capturing all of the excitement.

Nik started the crossing from one tower and Delilah started from the other. When they met in the middle of the wire, Delilah literally sat down, mid-air, and Nik kept on going, walking over her. (By the way, the wire, we were told, is the width of a US nickel.)

Their walk was as spine-tingling as if they were crossing Niagra Falls. I will never forget this. It was one of the most extraordinary sights I have ever witnessed and was nothing short of spectacular!

When the successful (thank God) walk was over, Nik and his mom, both filled with relief and adrenalin, met with the media.

“I’m honored to be a part of such an iconic hotel and casino transformation here in Florida,” Nik said. “This is my first time executing a high wire walk in Tampa and it is an absolute honor to experience this monumental moment with my mother during her final walk.”

Walking the high wire is in his blood. Nik explained. “My mother was six months pregnant with me and was still walking a tight rope.” And, he reminded us, “Every day, all of us walk a tight rope.”

Nik Wallenda is the owner of 10 world records. Among his many feats include becoming the first person to walk a wire directly over Niagara Falls as well as the Grand Canyon. In June, he and his sister, Lijana, walked a wire 230 feet above Times Square in New York City.

 

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