I have more luck doing the Boarding House 'crawl' pop up (mentioned in a previous post). But, for me, surfing is the smallest of advances. To say i have more luck with the 'crawl' pop up means i can do the 1st of the many parts of it. I can get my feet on the board, but i can not balance. Even when i crawl pop up at home on the yoga mat (with ink markings on the mat to denote where my feet should land) or when i crawl pop up on the board on the bed - i fall over once my feet get to the board. I actually feel off the board/bed and landed on my ass once! However! getting my feet (the soles) on the board is a huge accomplishment for me. I have been able to catch waves in the Ocean. If i stay squatted i 'ride' them a bit. I actually dropped down the face of the wave the other day at Pistones (in between Maria's & Tres Palmas). But all in all, if the wave is over 2ft i chicken out. Getting some balls is definitely a surfing hurdle for me on my quest to surf in puerto rico.
I recommend trying to crawl pop up if you are having trouble popping up. Again, it was told to me by an experience and big wave surfer. I need to paddle out into the line up with him and watch him do it. Because I almost don't believe anymore experienced does a crawl pop up.