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‘The Road to Victory’ – Notes fr...

Justin “Bugsy” Rocker is not new to stone skipping and back in 2008 wrote an article on 13 Tips to Becoming a Better Stone Skipper. His first MISS&GC tournament was in 2013 and he trained hard to compete in the 2014  competition.  To learn more about Justin and his road to success check is blog post...

126 Stones+twenty men + 1 woman = fun-filled after...

126 stones, twenty men and one woman may not sound like a fun-filled family afternoon in some parts of the world, but in Franklin, PA it simply meant it was time for the annual state stone skipping tournament. Competitors from as far away as The Great White North, New York City, California, Kansas, and Michigan (including former World Record Holder John “Skippy” Kolar) assembled to take on local favorites: current and former...

15 young Gerplunkers contested for glory …

Colin ‘C-Man’ Lacy 2009 Gerplunking Winner Kirby ‘Fully Loaded’ Berke Gerplunker Runner up Henry ‘Giggles’ Piskie 1st time Gerplunking (age 3 3/4) With clear blue sky and sparkling blue water, 15 young Gerplunkers contested for glory July 4th on the famous Windemere Beach of Mackinac Island. Gerplunking is an important part of the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping event as Stone Skipping is...

Another great day at the beach – July 4th, 2...

The offical 4oth Stone Skipping event has come and gone but the memories linger on. The weather was fantastic with clear blue skies 70 degree temperatures and a slight breeze.  The water was cold and the skippers were hot. Highlights: Rubbing elbows with a legend. Gerplunking had its first ‘Plunk off’.  Doc is reviewing beach photos to verify the winner and will post his findings soon. Brotherly Rivalry cost one...

Russ ‘Rock Bottom’ Byars – Sight...

Russ ‘Rock Bottom’ Byars Sighting – Russ has been spotted in Ohio on his 2000 mile pilgrimage from Pennsylvania to Mackinac.  His famous “Skip stones for fudge” shirt quickly identified him as the Guiness World Record holder (i.e. 51 skips). He has been seen carrying 2 large buckets along his route. Although the buckets were covered they are suspected to contain stones for the upcoming tournament. So far he has...

The Lost Art of Stone Skipping

As delivered by Karl Rabe at the 2009 Winter Rules Committee Meeting of the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club Not to dilly-dally or shilly-shally but before I begin — a few things I would like to mention… As many of you know, in December Virginia Gillis passed away. Gini was the first female to break through the proverbial quartz ceiling when she was appointed as the High Commissioner of Stone...

Stone Skippers Annoymous?

After I entered the tournament this year, I became obsessed with stone skipping. I have since divorced my wife because of my stone skipping in the bath tub. I am working up to the record in “short distances”. I hope to re-enter the tournament this year and am going to be the “master” John Kolar at his own game…… Author – Unknown

Memories of 2000 Tournament

It was a froggy morning, as the last high clouds of a spent storm wafted into the east. The air was still, and so too were the waters at the Straits of Mackinac. I could not stir any of my folks from the sleepy cottage on the Topinabee bay, for an adventure to the big Island. So after a pit-stop at the local market we soon found ourselves drifting off to sleep on a large Ferry boat. Finally making the Registration booth...

My first stone skipping tournament . . .

I remember my participating in my first stone skipping event some 20 years ago. I skipped against now professionals John and David Kolar, boy those guys guys could really skip stones way back then. I had the chance to skip again last year in a less well known event (although it was on Mackinac,Island). In that event I skipped quite well and collected the the ‘first annual ‘? Can anyone out there name the event...

If I could only beat the kids I could be greatR...

  This was my first year competing in the tournament and although my best skip was only 8 I had a great time. It was a little embarrassing to see the 13 year old and younger bracket do better than I, but I will surely return for next years tournament. Mike Allen – Royal Oak, MI