Professional stone skipper skips rock to other side of lake

Stone skipper Kurt Steiners winds up before skipping a rock across Lake Paran in Vermont. Photo: Screen grab
Stone skipper Kurt Steiners winds up before skipping a rock across Lake Paran in Vermont.

Kurt Steiner is the official world-record holder for the most consecutive skips of a stone on water with 88, so video of him skipping a rock to the opposite side of a lake shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Steiner, a “professional” stone skipper who presumably still competes in stone-skipping contests, recently displayed his notable talent at Lake Paran in Bennington, Vermont. According to UPI, Steiner skipped a stone more than a dozen times, and it appeared to have reached the opposite shore.

Lake Paran isn’t Lake Michigan, but it is still a remarkable feat, especially to anyone who has attempted skipping a rock on water. Watch his impressive throw:

Steiner’s Guinness World Record for most consecutive skips of a stone was achieved Sept. 6, 2013 at Red Bridge, near Kane, Pennsylvania. According to Guinness World Records, Steiner was the record holder of this category from 2002-2007, as well.

He told Guinness World Records in 2013 that he had collected more than 10,000 quality rocks and that he looks for stones “that weigh between 3 to 8 ounces … that are very smooth (they don’t have to be perfectly round), flat bottoms and are between 1/4 to 5/16th of an inch thick.”

Incidentally, the World Stone Skimming Championships are Sunday, Sept. 27, on Easdale Island near Oban in Argyll, Scotland. No word whether Steiner is competing.

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