Because of the types of waves you generally find yourself surfing as a longboarder (usually small, clean, soft peeling waves) there a a couple of different pop up techniques that you can use.
Lets take a look at the different variations and which you should use, when and why.
THE TWO POP-UP VARIATIONS.
The two different types of pop up variations are as follows:
WHEN: Used in steeper waves, or for popping up super fast.
WHY: The Pro-Pop will get you up to your feet in the quickest time possible.
WHEN: Used in soft, not very steep waves.
WHY: The push-up can help to delay your take off, set your board on it's line, and it just looks damn cool too.
BREAKDOWN: THE PRO POP
The Pro-Pop is the technique used by elite surfers to get to go from the prone position (lying down) to their feet as quickly as possible.
Unlike many of the other pop-up techniques that are more of a broken down, staggered climb to the feet, the pro-pop method is an explosive burst of energy taking the surfer from their belly to their feet in one single motion.
It’s the most effective technique to be able to get to your feet quickly when surfing unbroken waves, but, it's also the most difficult. So don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get it straight away, but this technique is where you want to be headed long term that's for sure.
WHY IS THE PRO-POP IMPORTANT?
The Pro-Pop is the fastest way to go from prone position to your feet. This is important for a number of reasons:
THE PRO-POP: BREAKING IT DOWN
THE PUSH UP
The push up method is for the student who has the strength and flexibility to be able to do a push up.
This type of pop up method can be great when surfing longer boards.
WRAPPING IT UP
The pop up method you'll use will depend on the type of wave you're surfing, but having both of these in your repertoire will mean you've got all conditions and all types of waves catered for.