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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.

10 Comments on How to skip rocks

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

  2. the most i skiped was 4
    i need more practice

  3. the right size stones r hard to find

  4. Once I skipped a brick.

  5. Stone Skipping Hobby Person 258 // August 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    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.

  6. troop102 patrol leader // July 30, 2009 at 10:39 am // Reply

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

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

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

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

  10. The most I skipped is 14.

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