How to Skip Rocks

You want to show onlookers how deep and thoughtful you are while exploring the magic of surface tension? Kill both of those birds with one skipped stone.

Instructions

  • 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

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