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practice, practice, practice. There is nothing natural about it. What has to happen is that when you retract your feet/fins you do not counter act the backwards motion of your kick. This means keeping them out of the stream of motion (don't cause drag) and in a streamlined way bringing them back up.
For me, It was a day in the water -- frustrating day in the water -- just practicing until I got the feel of it. BTW, my legs were sore the next day.