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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.

51 Comments on How to Skip Rocks

  1. got 4 skips on my first try

  2. Me got 1

  3. lol i could only find circular stones

  4. HHAHA MY RECORD IS 4 but I can only skip rocks when im high lol

  5. my record is 0. i havent even tried it yay!

  6. I’ve not tried it but I will

  7. me no grama and me got 90 skips

  8. AwesomenessYT // February 15, 2019 at 8:54 am // Reply

    I got 56

  9. I know someone who got 88 skips

  10. I have 10

  11. My latest record is 16!

  12. MinecraftPlayr547 // August 2, 2015 at 4:12 pm // Reply

    I’ve always wanted to skip rocks, my dad can but I can’t. My cousins can, but I can’t. This is good if you are wanting to skip rocks but can’t. I’ll try it next time i go to Steele Creek!

  13. PINK FLUFFY UNICORN // June 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm // Reply

    21 skips

  14. my old reacord was 4, but i used these tips and i got 9!

  15. I take slate and shatter it then it brakes into the best skipping rocks ever. They can cut you but try it be sure to have a shattering boulder

  16. the dude // May 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm // Reply

    i got 11

  17. ElephantLover // April 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    I love skipping rocks!

  18. firepotato // April 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm // Reply

    My record is 0 skips!!!

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

    the most I’ve ever got is like 4

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

    my record is like 2

  21. I got 9

  22. i have skipped a round rock

  23. 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.

  24. I will try that.

  25. niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice

  26. i got 19 on water

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

    My record: 14

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

    i’m gonnu try it

  29. i got about 5 or 6

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

  31. i love it

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

    my record is 4

  33. I got 13 skips

  34. i only skipped 3

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

    my highest amount of skips is 3

  36. 4 🙁

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

  38. I’ll try it

  39. i am horrible at skipping rocks 🙁

  40. i like it

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

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