I ended up catching about seven waves - had legitimate long rides up on foil on three of them (earlier ones - I guess I was less tired???), got pitched off on three (I knew my front foot wasn't out far enough when I got up), and one other where I was up and riding, but I wasn't off the water.
I'm glad I tried this board out - it seemed like it caught waves easier and with it the foil was easier to control. Not sure how true that is because I also have gotten smarter on foil placement - with as much lift as the Maliko produces, I jammed the foil as far back as I could in the tracks. So on what the surf report was saying, the Maliko is good for wave faces less than 3' and on much fuller tides. I would periodically dismount the board and check how deep the water was - at a +1.5' tide I only touched bottom a couple of times with my toes and that was much closer to shore - minimal risk of grounding the wings.
One more observation - the Go Foil wings definitely have more buoyancy than the slingshot. I'm wondering how much that factor plays into being able to get the foil to lift.