Skipping a stone is a fun way to wile away the time on a camping trip or picnic. It’s something every uncle and dad should know how to teach and pass on to the kiddos. If you never learned how, here’s your tutorial.
- Pick the right stone: flat, uniform thickness/thinness, fits in your palm, and no heavier than a tennis ball. Too heavy and the rock won’t skip off the water.
- Hold the stone between your thumb and middle finger, with your thumb on top, and your index finger hooked along the edge.
- Stand facing the water at a slight angle. With rock in hand, pull your arm back like you’re going to throw a sidearm pitch.
- As you throw the rock, cock your wrist back. Right before the release, give your wrist a quick flick. This will create the spin needed for the stone to skip across the water.
- Throw our and down at the same time.For maximum skips, the stone should enter the water at a 20 degree angle. Scientists have found this to be the optimal angle for stone skipping!
- Have fun skipping stones with your kiddos!
Illustration by Ted Slampyak