The World Stone Skimming Championships: ABOUT
Official Rules of the World Stone Skimming Championships are:
- All stones must be of naturally formed Easdale slate and be no more than 3 inches in diameter at its widest point
- Each contestant will have 3 skims per session. No person can have more than one session. No person can participate in more than one team
- The stone must bounce on the surface of the water no less than 2 times before being considered a valid skim. The length of the skim will be judged to the point where the stone sinks into the water. The longest skim in each category will be deemed the winner. (In the event of a tie see rule 6).
- Competitors are not allowed a ‘run-up’ when throwing. Both feet must be on the platform when throwing.
- The point judge will signal an invalid skim by showing a Red disk. A Green disk will be shown after a valid skim. The throw judge will record all throws and in all matters, his/her decision will be final.
- A skim will be deemed invalid if:
a) the stone does not bounce at least 2 timesorb) the stone does not sink within the designated area
- In the event of a tie for Overall Champion, the winner will be decided in a cumulative, 3-skim ‘Toss-Off’. This is judged by the cumulative distance of their 3 tie-break throws. A ‘Back Wall’ hit will count as 63 metres. In the event of a tie in all other categories, the placings will be decided on a cumulative total of all 3 stones skimmed.
- Team Names cannot be similar to another Team Name
- Team members must register when registering individually
- All Team members must register at the same time
- There will be 7 categories:
- Adults: any person aged 16 years or more; Open and Female subcategories
- Juniors: any person aged 10 – 15 years inclusive; Open and Female subcategories
- Children: any person aged 9 years and under; Open and Female subcategories
- Old Tosser: any person aged 60 years or more; Open and Female subcategories
- Team: a maximum of 4 people of either gender and any age mix
- Bertie: the best Easdale Islander
Categories and entrance fees:
Adult (16 and over): £10
Old Tossers (60 and over): £10
Juniors (age 10-15 years): £5
Under 10s: £5
2018 Bertie: Jamie Melville
The competition is split into Adults, Juniors and Under 10 categories, with each category further divided into Female and Open subcategories. There are also the Female and Open Old Tosser categories for those entrants who have reached the experienced and veteran heights of no longer being in their 50s! Entrants to this section will throw at the same time as the other adults in the order in which they register. Be sure and mark your registration form if you wish to enter this category!
The World Stone Skimming Cup is presented to the over-all winner, and there is a Salver for both Men’s Champion and Women’s Champion and The Puffer Trophy for the winning team. There are also slate medals going to the best junior skim and 2nd and 3rd runner-up in each category. ‘The Bertie‘, named after the event’s founder, is presented to the Easdale Islander who skims the furthest. ‘The Old Tosser Walking Sticks‘, are awarded to the male and female contestants over 60 with the longest skims.
In the Team category, members register as individuals as normal but, in addition, name the team that they are taking part in. Teams must consist of up to four individuals, of either sex, and any age category. Their three throws count towards their individual entry AND towards the Team entry.
Team members will have the total length of their three throws added together, then each team member’s individual total will be added together to form the team total. The winning team will be the team that throws the largest cumulative distance thrown by all four entrants.
Origins of the World Stone Skimming Championships
The World Stone Skimming Championships were started in 1983 by the late Bertie Baker, and then lay fallow until they were resurrected in 1997 by Eilean Eisdeal (The Easdale Island Community Development Group) as a fundraising event.
Contestants hail from around the world and the championships now attract over 300 participants and many spectators. Anyone of any age and any level of skill can enter the championships.