IN A MARINER'S WORDS
"Prendre son pied"
“This child loves to ski! He gets a kick out of hurtling down a beautiful snowy slope.”
It is said that someone "prend son pied" when they get a real kick out of practicing an activity that excites them or when they discover the joys of a new activity.
This expression comes from the 18th century, the golden age of piracy. When the time came to equitably share the stolen booty, a unit of measure called the “pied” (foot) was used to measure the share of each pirate, also known as a freebooter. That’s how each pirate took his foot, in other words, his share of the spoils.