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Adorable Kickstarter Needs $15K For Documentary About Skipping Stones

Even cuter than that doc about the spelling bee.
Ross Byars, world record holder in stone skipping, will be featured in the documentary. (Screengrab: Kickstarter)

Russ Byars, world record holder in stone skipping, will be featured in the documentary. (Screengrab: Kickstarter)

It all started when Ryan Seitz and Daniel Skaggs were drinking beer and skipping stones in Texas this past Memorial Day, and started wondering if competitive stone skipping existed.

The pair, both directors with Highway Goats Productions, used the Internet to learn it does, indeed, exist — and is apparently really popular. Now, they’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to fund an adorable-looking documentary on what they describe as the “global phenomenon” of competitive stone skipping.

Buckle your seat belts, because the documentary sounds like it’ll be one highly intense ride. “The zen art of stone skipping meets the competitive nature of mankind in this feature-length documentary,” the campaign page promises. It continues:

“We have been fortunate enough to gain access to Russ ‘Rock Bottom’ Byars (who holds the current record with 51 skips) and former record holder Kurt ‘Mountain Man’ Steiner. Their rivalry has endured thirteen years of grueling competition. With the next generation of skippers hot on their trail, Russ and Kurt race feverishly to raise the bar and cement their places in the history books.”

In other words, this documentary will be nothing but pure delight.

Apparently, all those stones ain’t cheap. The campaign is looking to raise $15,000 by Aug. 31 — money that will go toward “travel, lodging, hard drives, camera equipment, audio mastering, festival submissions, and the unforeseeable are just a few to mention,” according to the Kickstarter page.

Here’s a charming preview of what’s to come, if the filmmakers’ Kickstarter efforts are successful:

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