Skimming, splishing, splashing

Donning the longest hair in the contest, Jay Philippi snowboards his way into the water. The 36-year-old took first place among boarders for distance. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Michael Grauser and his libations go airborne prior to splashdown. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
A wet and chilly Anna Stephenson is assisted out of the pond. The 5-year-old was the youngest participant in this year’s contest. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Saranac Lake’s Adrien Hayden plunges into the chilly water. The 14-year-old from Saranac Lake took top honors for the best splash. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Seven-year-old Ashley Stephenson kicks up some spray. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Niki Foher feels the chill in her scaly fish costume.
Griffin Beam was one of many youngsters who participated in this year’s pond skimming. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Charlie Wilson skims across the water in his tutu. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

WILMINGTON — After being postponed twice earlier in April due to unfavorable weather conditions, the annual International Pond Skimming contest was held Saturday, April 21 at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

And with the warm, sunny weather, came hundreds of smiling faces worn by both the crowd of spectators and the more than 80 contestants who gave pond skimming a try.

As it turned out, the warmth was welcome, especially because for the first time in recent memory, not a single pond skimming participant was able to reach the end of the pond and stay dry.

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