Yup - I felt pretty stupid, and needless to say I was getting thrown off the board. Not having a set of tools in the truck meant this session was just exercise.
The next session was Saturday evening. The waves were big enough to ride a shortboard - and anytime there is a good pocket in the wave, foiling should take a back seat to regular surfing. I did get a few decent longer rides - but most of the session was getting into situations where I had too much speed and lift.
And we come to yesterday evening. The waves were fuller and the wind was light. The first wave I caught I was up and riding for quite some distance and even making conscious turns. Foiling is pretty much flying. From that point on I alternated good ride - bad ride. The bad rides were instances where the foil breached, I lost lift and instantly came crashing down. Only in one case did I get bucked off (and that was really because of a bad takeoff).