Why It's Almost Impossible to Skip a Stone 89 Times | WIRED

  • Published on Oct 31, 2018
  • Kurt Steiner set the world record for skipping stones by hurling a rock at the water and making it skip an astonishing 88 times. How is that even possible? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez got coaching from Steiner to find out how he does it -- and looked into fluid dynamics and physics to see whether we've reached the limit for skipping stones.
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Comments • 8 908

  • Ahmad Ameen
    Ahmad Ameen Day ago

    I'm surprised at how they always find science dudes who analyse every situation

  • Random Stuff
    Random Stuff 2 days ago

    What do u call this?

  • M.S Ralte
    M.S Ralte 3 days ago

    Still better than cricket..

  • Matt Rossi
    Matt Rossi 4 days ago

    The host of this RU-clip channel is clearly not athletic whatsoever. He throws like a girl, lol.

  • Nate Mathews
    Nate Mathews 4 days ago

    I wonder if he broke the record In this video

  • lucaboden
    lucaboden 4 days ago

    I skipped 90 but I couldn't film it and do it at the same time.

  • Manu Pre
    Manu Pre 5 days ago +1

    You know what's funny?
    "Steiner" means something like stone-guy in german (stein = stone) 😂

  • Eibosh chard romero
    Eibosh chard romero 5 days ago

    At the video it says 88 skips
    At the titile it says 89

  • Kaleb Parker
    Kaleb Parker 6 days ago

    I met that guy at a stoneskipping contest I won 75 $

  • Sahil Mehta
    Sahil Mehta 7 days ago

    Me: *gets inspired by him. Goes out picks some flat stones and throws them.*
    The stones: *sink*

  • iTzRomannn
    iTzRomannn 8 days ago

    The most I did was 4 or 5

  • Albert Mejasco
    Albert Mejasco 9 days ago +1

    How much the salary of being a stone skipper?

  • Beena Daniel
    Beena Daniel 9 days ago

    WIRED: why its almost impossible to skip a stone 89 times.. MARK ROBBER : HOLD MY STONES...

  • Pjokkaby Yt
    Pjokkaby Yt 9 days ago

    In norwegian stone is translated to Stein and HIS name is Kurt steiner haha

  • Aquib Ansary
    Aquib Ansary 10 days ago

    You can extremely heat the rock. The let the laden frost effect to take place making the rock skip hundred times.

  • Azizi Zizi
    Azizi Zizi 11 days ago

    Wait that broke Physics law

  • Bit Bit
    Bit Bit 11 days ago

    I dont even know how to do tht lol!

  • Memeo Supremo
    Memeo Supremo 11 days ago

    My record is 27

  • Gamer 95
    Gamer 95 12 days ago

    Oh thats why I can't get more

  • Jignesh Patel
    Jignesh Patel 13 days ago

    Mark rober destroyed this video

  • Eric Ferguson
    Eric Ferguson 13 days ago

    That was cool. I bet the old dude has a bong collection!

  • cole smith
    cole smith 13 days ago

    I got 20 once. But it was a one time thing

  • Daniel Aguilera
    Daniel Aguilera 14 days ago

    They want you to click on the video. And watch the whole video, because honestly this video is pretty interesting. I dont regret spending my time at all, 90 skips being impossible gets you talking and thinking. Any attention is welcoming to them.

  • sozoshi shonen
    sozoshi shonen 14 days ago

    There's also japanese guys in Saitama who do this

  • Ramahl Ah Chee
    Ramahl Ah Chee 14 days ago +1

    When you have nothing to do

  • adrian chatelaine
    adrian chatelaine 14 days ago

    They should have a record for the longest single skip

  • reddimore
    reddimore 14 days ago

    This guy looks like Jesus. Of course he would hold the skipping world record... he WALKS on water!

  • Nitin Guhan
    Nitin Guhan 15 days ago

    Bucky Barnes arm could do 10000000 skips

  • kraziboi80
    kraziboi80 15 days ago


    This Japanese guy holds the WR...so, who's lying?


    7:11 so first you have the stone , it's in your hand and you throw it
    Ladies and gentlemen we got him

  • Kevin Molina
    Kevin Molina 15 days ago

    Anyone else watching this because they are bored?

  • BuckPack
    BuckPack 15 days ago

    *Him : Skips a stone 88 times*

    *Human : Nice, now make it 89*

  • NH_Anubis
    NH_Anubis 16 days ago

    Stein is german for stone.... illuminati?

  • Varkolyn Eater
    Varkolyn Eater 16 days ago +1

    My best was 2...

  • pob000
    pob000 16 days ago

    That's nothing i skipped 1/3 of my life getting stoned.

  • No Gym Needed&ジムが要らない

    I was wondering why my skips always stopped at 350.. thanks!

  • Spiele channel
    Spiele channel 17 days ago

    Me: How you got even 14
    Other Guy: 88

  • Peng 3.0
    Peng 3.0 17 days ago +1

    My best was only 5-6 skips

  • Mr. Strange
    Mr. Strange 17 days ago

    Me: Watched the whole video related to skipping stones.

    Also Me: *Never skipped a single stone*

  • Bear.Skylegion
    Bear.Skylegion 17 days ago

    Teacher: ok, we will be learning about Water Tension
    Me: The Expert

  • Jumong Aljur
    Jumong Aljur 17 days ago

    But no vid

  • Jumong Aljur
    Jumong Aljur 17 days ago

    I beat the best skip stone 90

  • KTsavage
    KTsavage 17 days ago

    Thank you, Gyro...

  • Dazai Son
    Dazai Son 18 days ago

    He ain't the record holder anymore lolol

  • Abhinay Tete
    Abhinay Tete 18 days ago

    But how much he earns?

  • Alexa. A
    Alexa. A 18 days ago

    YT: why is it impossible to skip a rock 89 times
    Me: I can barely do it one time

  • Steven Gordon
    Steven Gordon 18 days ago +1

    All of a sudden I’m determined to do 90 skips

  • Cringy Djur
    Cringy Djur 18 days ago

    This is like saying Why its impossible to drink liquid nitrogen

  • MrSky 1235
    MrSky 1235 18 days ago

    Hashimoto: Hmmm....

  • 日西ディエゴ
    日西ディエゴ 18 days ago +2

    That's been beaten already by keisuke hashimoto tho…

  • HypeR GØĐ
    HypeR GØĐ 18 days ago +3

    He:I can skip the stone 89 times
    Weird:why not 90
    Me:can't even skip 2 times

  • Bermuda Triangle
    Bermuda Triangle 18 days ago

    The guys name is kurt steiner. Stein is stone in german. Cool
    Quincidence (how tf do u spell that word)

  • Bermuda Triangle
    Bermuda Triangle 18 days ago

    Im happy that an old man like him holds the record and not a spoiled little brat thats just a loser.

  • Shiro Kuma
    Shiro Kuma 18 days ago

    Thats cute

  • Aiden O’Dell
    Aiden O’Dell 18 days ago

    I can’t even get 4....

  • Tom Dwan
    Tom Dwan 19 days ago

    These rocks actually prove *The Earth Is Flat*

  • Tom Dwan
    Tom Dwan 19 days ago

    mine stops at 69... But not stone skipping... Something else

  • Subject #69
    Subject #69 19 days ago

    I always get like 3

  • Holee Joonnes Romimi
    Holee Joonnes Romimi 20 days ago

    World record 88
    Suddenly 89

  • Glenn Nagao
    Glenn Nagao 20 days ago

    @6:08 testing for high 5...no.

  • Run Row
    Run Row 20 days ago

    Its 3 am I should sleep

  • Admiraal Graf Speeツ
    Admiraal Graf Speeツ 20 days ago

    He is not the record holder.

  • Gameplay Hacks
    Gameplay Hacks 20 days ago

    That guy looks like the next Einstein with that hair lol

  • Benedikt W
    Benedikt W 20 days ago +1

    "I think the fact, that it makes you happy counts more than the actual number" I already love that guy!

  • OhYeahYeah
    OhYeahYeah 20 days ago

    bruh these people search up stone skipping saitama. hes the world record holder in us uk and japan

  • Aldrich 1
    Aldrich 1 20 days ago

    imagine if the world record got more than his record just to teach him

  • Itz Lxgend
    Itz Lxgend 20 days ago +1

    5:19 what is that thing that is to the right of his head

  • XJimmy0
    XJimmy0 20 days ago +4

    I didn't even know that just throwing a rock is a science lesson I just threw rocks hoping I got a lot

  • Brady Haley
    Brady Haley 21 day ago +1

    Me walks 999999 steps in a day

    Wired *its free real estate*

  • Rasmus Liivson
    Rasmus Liivson 21 day ago

    my record 4

  • Gustaf Grenabo
    Gustaf Grenabo 21 day ago

    My record is 9

  • Harry de Beer
    Harry de Beer 21 day ago

    My high score is 8 and my friend's is 16

    • Harry de Beer
      Harry de Beer 21 day ago

      Really unbelievable, until he showed me

  • Danny Moreno
    Danny Moreno 21 day ago

    And I’m sitting here not able to skip it once

  • Normunds Bilmanis
    Normunds Bilmanis 21 day ago

    Call your show almost inposble

  • Lushin187
    Lushin187 21 day ago

    Pretty sure, a Japanese guy is the current world record holder

  • Sowjanya Tsaliki
    Sowjanya Tsaliki 22 days ago

    I can’t skip a rock once.😢

  • Kaşarcızadeler
    Kaşarcızadeler 22 days ago

    Türkiye ♥️

  • bull Kagen
    bull Kagen 22 days ago


  • Andy Cheng
    Andy Cheng 22 days ago

    I guess youtube recommendations have brought us all back together again

  • Thot Platinum
    Thot Platinum 22 days ago +1

    You guys clearly don’t know my boi saitama

  • Bram Wellens
    Bram Wellens 22 days ago +1

    my record is 27

  • Overdosed Hippo
    Overdosed Hippo 22 days ago

    Steiner means stones in norwegian

  • Furn427
    Furn427 22 days ago

    I'll just leave a comment and skip this recommended video

  • Xander Modisette
    Xander Modisette 22 days ago

    the new record is 126 skips just throw high angle high

    THE GEEKY Kid 22 days ago

    88 what mine is 6

  • F4Fitness
    F4Fitness 22 days ago

    I live in lake erie

  • LandLocked Fishing
    LandLocked Fishing 22 days ago

    This guy makes me think of a 90year old Keanu Reeves

  • Thanos '
    Thanos ' 22 days ago

    im 12 and my record is 19

  • Chris Dirt
    Chris Dirt 22 days ago

    Dude you throw like a girl lol

  • Rolly
    Rolly 23 days ago

    Does 100

  • Bailey Smith
    Bailey Smith 23 days ago

    nolan ryan could do 435

  • Kronik360
    Kronik360 23 days ago

    I can make it skip -1 times.

  • Ischep1
    Ischep1 23 days ago

    This guy throws like a girl. That’s why he isn’t doing well. If you can’t throw a baseball right, your probably not going to throw the stone the right way. You can tell a lot about a guy by the way he throws anything.

  • Jadon Barton
    Jadon Barton 23 days ago

    Somebody: sets the record for fastest mile in 3:12:1324354657
    Wired why it’s impossible to run a mile faster than 3:12:1324354658

  • Jett
    Jett 23 days ago

    I can only get 11( my pb....) pls don’t judge meh...

  • TheGamingMaster// TGM
    TheGamingMaster// TGM 23 days ago +25

    Watches this video
    Goes outside
    Skips a stone 89 times
    illuminati xonfirmed?

  • Jørgen Berentsen-Deem

    «Steiner» actually translates “stones” in several languages 😏 stein = stone

  • Nadia Ghasemi
    Nadia Ghasemi 23 days ago +1

    He skips 88 i can’t even skip one howwwww

  • Mr Sir
    Mr Sir 23 days ago

    Well... mine usually stop at 2

  • Béla Málnási
    Béla Málnási 23 days ago

    Just 3D print the perfect rock and have a try .