- Step 1: Visit a body of water Take a trip to the beach, the lake, or your local pond. All are great places for skipping stones, provided it's a calm day with few or small waves.
- Step 2: Find your perfect skipping stone Comb the shoreline for a rock that's flat, even, has some weight to it, and fits in your hand. It's an extra bonus if the rock is triangular.
- TIP: A rock that's too heavy will sink right through the surface, while one that's too light will be hard to throw very far.
- Step 3: Get a good grip Rest the flat sides of the rock between your thumb and the tip of your middle finger. Hug the edge of the stone with your index finger.
- Step 4: Aim Tilt the front edge of the stone slightly upward, and adjust your aim so the rock is at about a 20-degree angle to the surface of the water.
- Step 5: Throw Use a sidearm throw, and flick your wrist to add some spin as you launch the stone. With some practice, you'll be able to get multiple hops out of one throw.
- FACT: In 2007, Russell Byars set a world record for stone-skipping: 51 hops over roughly 250 feet of water.
You Will Need
- A body of water with a rocky shoreline
- The perfect skipping stone