Episode 010: World Stone Skimming Championships

 Easdale Island 

Easdale Island 

Stone Skipping, or Stone Skimming as they say in Scotland, is another hobby we probably all grew up doing. All you need is a body of water and a flat stone and you can make that sucker fly.

In the States we generally try to see how many skips we can make the stone do.  In Scotland, it's a distance game.  To that end, the World Stone Skimming Championships are held every September on beautiful Easdale Island.

Easdale Island is about as perfect a venue for stone skimming as you can imagine.  Situated on the far west coast of Scotland, it's a tiny wind blown island that has no roads and is only accessible by a 10-person ferry.  The slate stones get perfectly shaped by the waves pounding the shore and a quarry on the island serves as a sheltered haven for stone skimming.

We talked to Donald "Mellon" Melville and organizer, emcee, officiant and competitor at the World Stone Skimming Championships and got to know the background and rules of the competition.  From there...well, we did something a bit different this time.  You'll have to listen to find out exactly what makes this episode so special.

This year's event will be held on September 23, 2018 on Easdale Island, Scotland.  See ya there!

 

 The quarry and some action!

The quarry and some action!

 The view from the plinth.

The view from the plinth.

 Keisuke Hashimoto - 2017 World Stone Skimming Champion

Keisuke Hashimoto - 2017 World Stone Skimming Champion

Ted Ladue