Daredevil Erendira Wallenda Hangs by Teeth Over Niagara Falls
Erendira Wallenda celebrated the fifth anniversary of her husband’s historic walk over Niagara Falls on a high wire by hanging by her teeth from a helicopter and hovering 300 feet over the Horseshoe Falls Thursday morning.
The aerialist’s performance broke a world record, previously held by her husband, Nik Wallenda.
Nik was in the helicopter encouraging his wife, as she also hung by her toes from a hoop.
“That was way more windy than I thought it was going to be,” said Erendira after the performance.
“But then I kind of had to put my mind back to my backyard where I train all the time and tell myself no, this is what I’ve done my entire life. I started performing when I was five years old, so once I looked up and I saw my husband smiling at me and he’s like, ‘you’ve got this babe,’ I was like, yeah, you know what, that’s right.”
Erendira said she remembers wondering to herself five years ago watching her husband cross the falls what doing something similar would look and feel like.
“Today I know. It was beautiful.”
Erendira said she wanted to spend more time in the air, but there was no way to communicate that to her husband.
“I wanted to stop and go a little bit closer to the audience that I had because that’s what makes you feel alive, you see people smile at you and you’re hopefully inspiring other people. I probably would want to spend all day long up there. It was beautiful and an amazing experience.”
She said as an artist and as a daredevil, there’s something “almost magical” about the falls.
“It’s kind of dangerous, but it’s beautiful in the same way, which I kind of think that that’s what we do. When I watched my husband walk the wire, or even me on anything … yes, to you it’s dangerous, but hopefully there’s something in there that’s beautiful and that’s the way I look at the falls, so that’s, for myself, the reason why I was like, yeah, I want to do that as well.”
Nik described his wife’s performance Thursday as “absolutely amazing.”