Video: Grosse Pointe Student Sets Guinness Record For Stone Skipping

November 13, 2014, 7:00 AM

Maxwell Steiner, a Grosse Pointe Woods man who is a student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for stone skipping -- he got one to jump across the water 65 times.

Yes, 65 times.

As Guinness puts it:

The record for the most consecutive skips of a stone on water is 65 and is held by Maxwell Steiner (USA). The cast was achieved at Riverfront Park, Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA on 23 August 2014.

Guinness noted the previous record holder, Russell Byers -- who achieved 51 skips at the same location in 2007 --  was one of the witnesses for the record attempt.

It was not explained how Byers and Steiner happened to be at the same Pennsylvania Park on the same day, but the park is the site for the annual Rock River Festival, which organizers say is sanctioned by the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club, who operate the nationals in Michigan each July 4.

The Pennsylvania winner is entitled to compete in the prestigious "Pro Category" at Mackinac the following Independence Day.  A very elite group of professionals from around the world gather on Windermere Beach, a stone-covered beach on Lake Michigan beside ferry boat docks which connect Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City on the mainland.

Read more:  Guiness Book of World Records

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