Nik Wallenda Makes Tightrope Walk With Slippery Sand

By ABC News

Aug 10, 2012 11:07am

Sand, caked onto a tightrope suspended 100-feet above the beach, created dangerous conditions for tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda Thursday.

The seventh-generation daredevil walked 1,300-feet without a harness to promote his new show at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

Wallenda, 33, even considered taking off the buckskin slip-proof shoes made by his mother before he began the 27-minute walk.

“It was really uncomfortable, with the fact that as I took my first step on that wire there was a lot of sand on that cable and it was actually pretty slippery, more slippery than when it’s wet,” he said on “Good Morning America” today.

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“As you know those wire shoes my mom makes are made to grip when it’s wet but we don’t do anything for sand.  So in the beginning of the walk, I actually took one of my shoes off and walked barefoot just to test the wire to see.  I was considering going barefoot.  I thought it would be fitting being that I’m actually walking over the beach.  But I ended up putting my shoes back on and successfully completing that 1,300-foot walk. ”

Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls in June.  He is planning to walk across the Grand Canyon.

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