Skywalks - Exceeding the Limits of Tradition
The term Skywalk originated in the early seventies when
Karl Wallenda began walking great lengths across stadiums.
First the stunt, after the Tallulah Gorge walk, July 18, 1970,
was performed at sporting events in huge stadiums, but later
expanded to other venues. No name existed for this new
stunt. At a meeting with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bill Hall
suggested the term, and it remains to this day.
Rick Wallenda still performs this stunt at many venues, first
capturing the walk that killed the patriarch in San Juan,
stretching the wire from one building to the other, and
completing the walk. The stunt aired on NBC in a show titled
Daredevils. Other successful walks include walking from the
ground up to nine stories in Osaka, Japan. Disneyland
brought Wallenda to Anaheim to walk across their Main
Street. He also walked the National Stadium in Kingston
Jamaica during a thrill show, and for two seasons appeared
at Sea World of Ohio as part of a thrill show, walking over the
entire stadium several times daily.
On July 4, 2008, Wallenda walked a wire stretched from a
crane to the Eiffel Tower at Kings Island, in Ohio. The wire
reached one thousand feet long over the ground rising and
falling making great heights. Karl performed the same stunt in
the same location in 1974, walking one direction, reversing,
and returning to his starting point. In 2008, Rick Wallenda
performed the same stunt, but lengthened the wire to span a
total of two thousand feet—exceeding the limits of tradition,
and setting a new record. The Skywalk tradition continues,
and Rick seeks the next opportunity to stretch beyond the
limits with one of several world records in mind.
Most recently Rick walked a span at the top of the Fargo
Dome in Fargo, ND. Rick continues capturing walks his
grandfather completed in his Walks of Remembrance.
You can download our Skywalk Brochure here.
Yeah!!!!! I did it!
Kings Island Walk
July 4, 2008
2000 feet Record Breaker
Over Fountains at Kings Island
July 4, 2008
Saluting the Audience