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Hello Stone Skippers!

Welcome to the Stone Skipping blog. News and information changes as fast as as stone can skip these days. Our blog is a great place for the raving fans to share Events, News and Stories/Memories about the grand old sport of stone skipping. Feel like penning something here read our About page to learn how easy it is to ‘Comment’ or ‘Contribute’ as a regular writer. Or just click on the heading of any...

2008 Tournament featured on NBC's Today show

This years tournament will be featured on NBC’s Today Show on July 3rd (8:30 am) with an an interview with the editor of Travel & Leisure Magazine. The story is about fun things happening on the July 4th around the country. When footage is available we will post it to the stoneskipping.com site.

2008 Wilmer T. Rabe Stone Skipping Tournament

The 39th annual tournament will be held once again July 4th on Mackinac, Island, MI, USA.  The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Iroquois Hotel)  every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.

Guinness World Record Smashed

It’s official on July 19, 2007 Russ Byars’ skip goes into the Guinness World Record book at an amazing 51 skips, beating Emporium’s Kurt Steiner. Get all the details, including video footage at www.prostoneskipping.com

2007 Mackinac Island Competition Results

Another ‘Golden Year’ of warm weather, gentle breezes and flat water welcomed this years competitors.  It was estimated that there were 912.5 fans in attendance (including a cameo by the governor) with over 369 contestants skipping.  Cris ‘Pipes’ Mulroney  won the Amateur Tournament with an impressive 21 opted for the 75lb Little David trophy and a years supply of fudge instead of slugging it out with...

2007 Pennsylvania Qualifying Stone Skipping Tourna...

Saturday August 25, 2007 11:00 am to 4:00 PM Visit Pennsylvania Qualifying Stone Skipping Tournament for more info. This is the newest Franklin Festival held overlooking the confluence of French Creek and the Allegheny River. This River Festival includes kids games, rock decorating contest, chicken barbecue, boat rides, live music featuring the Ryver Nymphs, and the fun of watching amateurs and professionals (including...

NPRs All Things Considered – ‘Skipping...

On July 4, 2005 · Michele Norris talked with Eric Steiner, play-by-play announcer for the Mackinac Island stone-skipping contest, about the pro division of the 31st annual Mackinac Island stone-skipping contest. Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars of Franklin, Penn., bested the 10-person field with a record-setting 30 skips. Listen in...

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...