Today I caught two waves where I took off kneeling up; got to my feet before the board went up on the foil and rode the wave mostly on the foil.
The difference was that I was surfing with a bloke riding a SUP (5'9" 90 something litres).
A case of money see monkey do.
Also, I had even higher spacers under the rear of the mast base.
I am still struggling with the amount of rocker on that board.
When I paddle onto a wave I have the nose of the board very close to the water (force of habit).
I know at this angle that the foil is diving, not flying.
I am going to either paddle on further back or tilt the foil base even more.
Watching this SMIK flat-bottom board today brought this home to me.