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How to skip rocks




To begin your quest for stone skipping success, follow these steps:

1. Select a skipping stone. The stone should be mostly flat, about the size of the palm of your hand and about the weight of a tennis ball. Triangular stones tend to skip best. Avoid circular stones. They’re less stable.

2. Grip the stone. Hold it with your thumb and middle finger, then firmly hook your index finger along the edge. Your thumb goes on the top of the stone, not around the edge.

3. Throw the stone. Stand up straight, facing at a slight angle to the water. Try to maintain this position during your entire windup and release. The lower your hand is at the release, the better.

Throw out and down at the same time. A skipping stone is bouncing off the water, so give it plenty of downward force. Try throwing faster instead of harder — strength is not the key, quickness is.

4. Release the stone. The faster the stone is spinning, the better it will skip. Spin it as hard as you can with a quick snap of your wrist. The stone should hit the water parallel to the surface.

Jerdone McGhee is founder of the North American Stone Skipping Association.

Comments about “How to skip rocks”

  1. bass man says:

    i once skipped a ten by eleven inch rock 5 times

  2. Rizk says:

    The best kind of skipping stone that I can find is slate. It’s thin, easy to shape and and they are great skippers.

  3. tarheelcrazyfan says:

    28

  4. J35U5 says:

    my record is 14 skips. a bigger rock works a little better.

  5. kurby says:

    thanks for the tip I never skipped a sttone before

  6. guy says:

    I skipped a rock 53 times today behind my house with a triangle rock. The thing is hold it like a plat and skip it hard

  7. i love this says:

    mine is only 5 im not able to throw it quick . im loosing more strength

  8. potato eater says:

    I only skipped it 9 times!

  9. itsfunny says:

    this helped me in a rock-skipping compitition and i won

  10. bob says:

    My record is about 15.

  11. master23 says:

    i did 21 skips with a triangle rock

  12. slik says:

    I think the wrold record is 45

  13. Simon says:

    My record is 18 skips of the rock. Triangle is best, square is good, too.

  14. Lol says:

    Thanks for the Information. It actually helped with a Science project of mine. :)
    Triangle stones ARE actually better.

  15. TOMTHEBOMB says:

    my record is 17

  16. natitonic says:

    at lake mead i skipped rocks with my friend… my dad said to use round rocks :) i used triangular ones, and they DID work a lot better!

  17. unreal says:

    i already know

  18. sniper says:

    i skipped about 10

  19. explorerdude says:

    the most skips i have ever done is like seven or eight. anybody else?

  20. someone says:

    go at 22.5 angle

  21. pedro says:

    I never skipped stones before because I can not find any good stones. Boo-hoo-hoo. ):

  22. alex1z2x3c4v says:

    once i skipped it 30 times and all you have to do is get it to 25 degrees and something as big as half your hand and throw it as fast and spin fast

  23. AJ says:

    I’ve skipped a stone 12 times!

  24. leroy says:

    thanks for the tip now i can go beat my friends

  25. bob pearson says:

    If skipping rocks was a professional sport i would be on the alstar team. This lesson of skipping rocks i feal has a few flaws. while i do agree triangular rocks get good amount of skips they are also much harder to throw because of the of the points.see if uthrow a triangle rock at imperfect angle or to hard the three points of the rock are likley to pierce the water which would end up in a bad skip.

  26. bubba myles says:

    hey i was with some friends and i got 16 skips and then i got 17 skips.

  27. Anonymous says:

    adverge 10-15 best 27

  28. pro skkippper says:

    I once skiped it one hundred and eleventeen times!!!! :P

  29. toto says:

    skipping stones for girls

  30. J Boy says:

    If your a beginer, skip coins. that’s
    what I did

  31. natitonic says:

    the most ive ever scipped is five, on a camping trip at lake mead.

  32. camper man says:

    the most i skiped was 4
    i need more practice

  33. scab says:

    the right size stones r hard to find

  34. theman says:

    Once I skipped a brick.

  35. Stone Skipping Hobby Person 258 says:

    The more horizontal the throw of the rock—the better the skip. If the throw of the rock is at less than a ten (10) degree angle to the surface of the water and the faster the spinning of the rock, the greater the more times that the rock will bounce across the surface of the water.

  36. troop102 patrol leader says:

    i feel in the water l.o.l!!!

  37. Nickel says:

    I’ve only skiped 3 times I hope this helps me!!!

  38. Gamer says:

    The first time I skipped a stone was when I was 5. I’m 11 1/2 right now.

  39. Gamer says:

    The world recoerd for skipping stones is 57 in a row and it took 2 min. for it to stop.

  40. Gamer says:

    The most I skipped is 14.

  41. Gamer says:

    I always thought a stone skips better when its round.

  42. bob says:

    I love skipping

  43. scout man says:

    its fun

  44. t-man says:

    ive skipped 11 once

  45. Willica says:

    I once skipped one 20 times in a row!

  46. skiper says:

    i didn’t read this,I’m just kominting for the fun of it

  47. lan says:

    onces i skiped a stone 30 somethin times

  48. zaks12 says:

    cool… now i can skip stones?!?

  49. somebody says:

    the most i ever skipped a stone is 7 skips

  50. Random Person says:

    the first time i skipped anything on water was 2 days ago with a penny

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