Whether you call it stone skipping or stone skimming, the practice is the same. Stone skipping is often portrayed as something that folks in movies do when they’re upset or have something on their mind.
Despite this portrayal, stone skipping is a fun pastime and skill that you can take up in your free time. It’s simple to get started and easy to pick up.
Are you wondering how to start stone skipping? Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s find out how to start!
How Does Stone Skipping Work?
To excel at stone skipping you’ll need some practice. But first, you have to understand how and why it works.
Choosing a flat stone with a good weight is the first necessity of skipping stones. This is crucial to the success of a stone going the farthest distance.
You need to have the right angle on the stone, and the right amount of force in your throw.
Don’t forget to know the height that you’re throwing the stone at as well. All of these factors come into play and can negatively or positively affect your stone skipping.
With these factors considered, you can throw the stone and feel your way to the right angulation and force of your throw to have your stone skip far!
The best stone skippers in the world have practiced and mastered the art of stone skipping. Kurt Steiner broke the stone skipping world record in 2014 by hitting an incredible number of 88 stone skips. Maybe with practice, you can hit number 89!
Is Stone Skipping a Sport?
In fact, it is! Stone skipping is a legitimate sport that you can take up. If you’re competitive or just want to learn a little more through practice, you can consider joining a stone skipping league.
There are many different leagues around the world, so there’s probably one right nearby where you live, too.
If you want to get serious about stone skipping, this is a great place to learn more. It’s also a great way to network and meet new people who love the sport.
Don’t forget, if you want to see some professionals in action that you can watch stone skipping competitions on ESPN. We hope that we get to see you up there on the big screen one day.
How to Start Stone Skipping
It’s not too difficult to start stone skipping. There great thing about it is that you can practice anywhere that there is a body of water.
Your first step is to find exactly that. Go out and look for a place nearby your home that is public and where the body of water is vast. A lake or a pond will do when it comes to stone skipping.
The water body must be big enough for you to practice skipping, but you don’t have to have an ocean to practice!
Next, you’ll want to find some good stones to skip. The best skipping stones are flat and larger than you may think they should be. You’re ideally looking for stones that fit snugly in your palm and have a little bit of weight to them.
Some of the best stones for skipping are oval-shaped. You can also come prepared by searching for some stones around your home or other areas before heading out to practice skipping.
When you get to a professional level, you can even buy skipping stones to use. Keep in mind that this is more pricey, but it saves the hassle of having to find the perfect stones yourself.
Why Does a Stone Skip On Water?
A combination of momentum and force causes a stone to skip. When throwing the stone across the surface of the water, it pushes that water downward. In reaction, the water then propels the stone upwards again, causing the motion to repeat.
This combination keeps the stone moving and causes it to skip. As the stone goes farther across the water, its velocity is lower. This is what causes it to eventually stop skipping.
However, you have to keep in mind that the length that the stone skips also has to do with your throw.
Now You Know How to Start Skipping Stones
For many, skipping stones is a fun pastime to enjoy out in nature. For others, it’s a competitive sport fueled by practice and dedication. For the right person, stone skipping will bring many hours of fun and enjoyment.
Are you on the lookout for a new hobby or fun activity to try but you’re unsure of how to start? Read our blog to find something that you’ll love!