Russ Byars of Franklin, Pennsylvania is the world record holder for stone skipping.
Written by: Karlee May, Digital Media Coordinator
Skipping a rock is more than a pastime: it is an art and a science. The trick is in the angle and the snap of the wrist.
First: You need a smooth, flat stone. If the stone is too heavy, it will sink; if it is too light, it won’t skip.
Second: Hold the stone in the crook of your thumb and forefinger with the stone resting lightly on the middle finger. When holding the stone, your thumb and forefinger will make the shape of a backwards ‘C’.
Third: Once you’ve found a large body of water, you need to place your body on angle, almost perpendicular, facing the water.
Fourth: This is the most crucial, scientific part to garner the most amount of skips: aim the rock at a 20 degree angle for maximum skips.
Fifth: Pull your arm back, and snap your wrist a moment before you let go of the rock. Try to put a ‘spin’ on the rock, similar to hitting a ping pong ball, or throwing a curve ball.
Sixth: Count your skips and try to beat your record! Challenge friends to a competition for the most skips and the farthest throw!
The Art of Manliness has a great illustrated guide on how to skip stones!