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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.

83 Comments on How to skip rocks

  1. goldstriker777 // May 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm // Reply

    the most I’ve ever got is like 4

  2. dawg jr. // May 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm // Reply

    my record is like 2

  3. I got 9

  4. i have skipped a round rock

  5. My record was 21 or something… It sounds physically impossible, but what happened was very weird. Somehow i got the rock to spin fast enough that it could move forward slowly without sinking, so there was only a centimeter or two between skips and it quite a lot off before it ran out of momentum.

  6. I will try that.

  7. niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice

  8. i got 19 on water

  9. Survival Bracelet man // February 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm // Reply

    My record: 14

  10. anime fanatic // January 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm // Reply

    i’m gonnu try it

  11. i got about 5 or 6

  12. The most I’ve ever gotten is 17. BOOM!

  13. i love it

  14. girly girl // April 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm // Reply

    my record is 4

  15. I got 13 skips

  16. i only skipped 3

  17. indiana jones // January 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm // Reply

    my highest amount of skips is 3

  18. 4 :-(

  19. You don’t just have to skip on water, Ive skipped stones on grass and in puddles and on a rocky beach!

  20. I’ll try it

  21. i am horrible at skipping rocks :(

  22. i like it

  23. my record is 18 skips world record is 55 not kidding

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