is "old school" and is a "guestimate" at best. It works on some skis and not others depending on how high the "hump" is.
What is usually taught now is to adopt a "rotated-out" position, like at the end of your paddle stroke, and simply check that this gives you adequate room.
For example, to simulate a stroke on your right side, your right leg should be almost straight, your left knee will be bent and raised, the right side of your hip will be swiveled back in seat, your right shoulder will be back, left hip and left shoulder will be forward. Once in this "mock paddling" position you can gauge if the footrest is adjusted properly (if your right leg can extend comfortably).
I do the same procedure in my sea kayaks to adjust the footpegs. This works better than adjusting while sitting "neutral".
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
EZ-Dock modular docks
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