Re: Hitting foot when standing up
I had this problem and this tip worked for me - obviously you may be different.
Tip - just before popping up, bring your foot to the same position it is when you are standing on land (ie foot is 90 degrees to shin). Don’t have your foot in the 'paddle' position ie your foot is in a straight line from your shin. Then pop.
I realise this seems wrong - I hear you say 'I'm hitting my foot and he wants me to point my toes towards the board!' So here is the 'proof':
- stand up on land and then stand on your left leg only, bending your right leg backwards at the knee
- point your toes as I suggested and, keeping your body upright and left leg straight, swing your right leg through from the knee like you are taking a kick (as if you were toe poking the ball). You will see its no problem to do this
- now, stand on your left leg again in the same position, but point your right foot in a straight line from the shin - the way your toes will be if you are laying on the board (or swimming). Then swing your leg through to kick. Notice what happens (which is that your foot hits the floor).
I was leaving my foot flat when trying to pop up, and that just increases the length of your leg. So when you pop up and go to bring your foot through, its 'too long' and smacks the board. Whereas if you bring your foot to 90 deg, your leg is now 'shorter' and no problems!
Anyway, as I said this was my particular mechanical issue. But give it a go - of course, you still need to bring your hips up high enough to fit your leg and foot through, so DBB's tip is all important.