I watched as the thrower of the stone attempts to skim it across flat water.
-It has been proven that a 20° angle is the best to achieve this.
As the stone leaves the hand it curves towards the water and its first impact leaves its first splash, it bounces onwards in ever decreasing arcs.
-The world record currently stands at 88 by Kurt Steiner in 2014.
I then watched the stone’s forward momentum as it entered the water again, leaving ripples, until it almost glides to a halt and the momentum changes and it sinks without a trace.
-There are numerous names for skimming stones in various countries such as ducks and drakes, ricochet, stone skiffing, smutting, frogs and to dap.