(center) at the 2003 Mackinac Awards & Press Banquet,
being congratulated for his efforts by High Commissioner
Paul Toepp (left), and Len Trentina (right), Director of
the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.
On September 14, 2002, Kurt Steiner of Emporium,
PA, took first place at the Pennsylvania Qualifying Stone
Skipping Tournament in Franklin. Not only did he outskip all
other competitors, but no one had previously seen a skip in
competition with such an amazingly high count. The
rapid-fire pitty-pats resulting from the cast made counting very
difficult, but the judges settled on an official count for the
day's competition of 34, which sealed a first-place finish for
Steiner for the 2002 competition.*
With video cameras present that day, officials felt it might be
worthwhile to review the video footage, since the skip very well
may have set a new world record. Upon review, it was determined
that the skip had far exceeded 34, and was worthy of submission
to the Guinness World Record committee for authentication. It
has taken over a year, but the Guinness officials have declared
Kurt's skip a new world record, with a count of 40!
receiving Guinness Book of World Records from Marilyn
Black of Oil Heritage Region, Inc. during press banquet at
Boston Garden in Franklin, August 27, 2004.