Sarasota News Leader

02/01/2013

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NIK SKYWALKER INTERNATIONAL STAR NIK WALLENDA MAKES IT LOOK EASY AS HE WALKS A HIGH WIRE ACROSS THE BAYFRONT ON A SUNNY SARASOTA MORNING Staff Reports Just as they did almost exactly three years ago, thousands thronged Sarasota's bayfront Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, to see the man who conquered Niagara Falls last summer take a relatively short hike over U.S. 41 — from 200 feet in the air. U.S. 41. From there, Wallenda took his 45-footlong balancing pole and began the trek over to Marina Tower. Just as Wallenda told the Sarasota City Commission last week he was hoping to do, he Aerialist Nik Wallenda made it look easy again framed his latest escapade against a pic— just as he did in 2010, when he walked a ture-perfect Southwest Florida morning, with high wire stretched between the One Water- boats bobbing on crystal-blue water in the bay. gate condominium complex and the Ritz-CarlThe walk took approximately 11 minutes, or ton Sarasota. about a minute shy of his 2010 feat. This time, he and Pedro Reis, CEO and co-founder of Circus Sarasota, took a cage to Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel recorded the top of a crane situated on the west side of the event from his perch at One Watergate. % Click to watch video from Nik's perspective Nik Wallenda starts downhill after leaving the crane.

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