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How to skip rocks

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An expert rock skipper can achieve dozens of skips in a single throw. 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 properly

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.

Tips by Jerdone McGhee, founder of the North American Stone Skipping Association.

89 Comments on How to skip rocks

  1. I always thought a stone skips better when its round.

  2. I love skipping

  3. its fun

  4. ive skipped 11 once

  5. I once skipped one 20 times in a row!

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

  7. onces i skiped a stone 30 somethin times

  8. cool… now i can skip stones?!?

  9. the most i ever skipped a stone is 7 skips

  10. Random Person // July 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm // Reply

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

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