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How to skip rocks


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.

28 Comments on How to skip rocks

  1. i once skipped a ten by eleven inch rock 5 times

  2. 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 // May 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm // Reply


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

  5. thanks for the tip I never skipped a sttone before

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

  8. potato eater // January 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm // Reply

    I only skipped it 9 times!

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

  10. My record is about 15.

  11. i did 21 skips with a triangle rock

  12. I think the wrold record is 45

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

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

  15. my record is 17

  16. 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. i already know

  18. i skipped about 10

  19. explorerdude // November 10, 2009 at 9:25 pm // Reply

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

  20. go at 22.5 angle

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

  22. alex1z2x3c4v // November 1, 2009 at 9:53 pm // Reply

    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. I’ve skipped a stone 12 times!

  24. thanks for the tip now i can go beat my friends

  25. bob pearson // August 23, 2009 at 9:04 am // Reply

    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.

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