Former Daredevil barrel-riders support Wallenda

Two daredevils who rode barrels over Niagara Falls say they support Nik Wallenda’s bid for official approval to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls. In fact, say Steve Trotter and Dave Munday, who each plunged over the Horseshoe Falls twice, if stunting is legalized, count them in.

“If they let him go, then I should be able to go again,” said Munday, who rode barrels over the falls in 1985 and 1993. “If they wouldn’t fine me, I would do it once a week. Let me get the same barrel back and make some money off it.”

“I’m all for it,” said Steve Trotter, who went over in 1985 and again in 1995 in a two-person barrel with Lori Martin. “I respect the legislators for finally giving up a little permission, I give them credit. Thank you for seeing the light!”

If Wallenda is given approval, “Then they would have to give me permission, right?” asked Trotter. “Now you’re going to give Steve Trotter permission?”

In fact, Trotter takes it one step further: He said authorities should schedule a day each spring and fall when would-be daredevils could show up with approved barrels and be allowed to ride them over the falls.

Read the rest of the article at The Buffalo News.

By Anne Neville

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