On Thursday, American daredevil Erendira Wallenda dangled from her teeth from under a helicopter. Yeah, you read that right, Wallenda attempted a series of eye-watering acrobatic moves over the waters of the Niagara Falls.
Wallenda was suspended only by her teeth over the falls
Erendira Wallenda, the aerialist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls. The 36-year-old mother of three was tethered to a hoop, suspended from a helicopter 300 feet above the water.
With the mist from the falls as a backdrop, Wallenda worked herself into a series of dramatic poses, waving her arms as she dangled by her knees and toes doing handstands and splits. She hung twice by her teeth with the use of a mouth guard.
However, the stunt didn’t draw as much attention as expected. About 200 people watched on shore at Niagara Falls State Park, many with cellphones aloft to capture Wallenda, who appeared as a graceful silhouette against the clouds.
Erendira wore a cable tether around her waist, in accordance with a New York state law. Which states that a safety support for aerial stunts above 20 feet is required. However, the tether didn’t act like a support for her performance; it was only there to catch her if she falls.
The Wallendas: An extreme couple
Erendira performed the stunt on the fifth anniversary of her husband, Nikolas, televised tightrope walk across Niagara. During a press conference at Seneca Niagara Casino on Wednesday, she recalled the moment: “I remember watching Nikolas as he was crossing the falls and thinking, ‘Boy, I wonder what that would feel like, I wonder what that would look like,’ never thinking that five years later I was going to get the same opportunity…I just feel blessed.”
And these two are all about breaking records. Her stunt set a Guinness World Record for height, breaking a record established by her husband Nikolas when hanging from his teeth 250 feet above Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. In June 2013, Nik Wallenda became the first man to cross the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, completing that record-breaking feat in under 23 minutes.
Then in 2016, she set a world record by completing 40 revolutions in her hoop in 50 seconds beneath a helicopter above the Atlantic City shore.The Wallendas have talked about opening a Wallenda-themed entertainment complex in Niagara Falls for several years, but there has been little public progress.
The Wallendas are scheduled to go on a 2 -month tour with the Big Apple Circus in October.
Source: Press Herald