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.
Me got 1
lol i could only find circular stones
HHAHA MY RECORD IS 4 but I can only skip rocks when im high lol
my record is 0. i havent even tried it yay!
I’ve not tried it but I will
me no grama and me got 90 skips
I tried but my highest was 2
I got 56
I know someone who got 88 skips
I have 10
My latest record is 16!
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!
my old reacord was 4, but i used these tips and i got 9!
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
i got 11
I love skipping rocks!
My record is 0 skips!!!
the most I’ve ever got is like 4
my record is like 2
I got 9
i have skipped a round rock
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.
my usual amount of skips is about 37… I use a much different and more effective technique that propels the rock far
what’s your technique?
same thing has happened to me once or twice to
I will try that.
i got 19 on water
Great “job”!! I got 18 on water. But what else would you skip them on?
My record: 14
i’m gonnu try it
i got about 5 or 6
The most I’ve ever gotten is 17. BOOM!
i love it
my record is 4
I got 13 skips
i only skipped 3
good job peeps
my highest amount of skips is 3
You don’t just have to skip on water, Ive skipped stones on grass and in puddles and on a rocky beach!
I’ll try it
i am horrible at skipping rocks 🙁
i like it
my record is 18 skips world record is 55 not kidding
that is so cool