Despite the lower tide, I decided to keep up with foiling on the Iwa. On Thursday, I set the foil as far back on the tracks as possible (on the 5'2").
The lift was more controllable and I managed to get some pretty long rides. I did hit the bottom twice while paddling (first on the way out, second while I was getting out at the end of the session). Damage was minimal and I just need to get over this. The swell was not small so some of the takeoffs resulted in crashes and burnages.
This evening Marlon and I went out and the swell was just a tad smaller (but still not small). Same setup as yesterday and I got nearly the same results - just better. More control (lighten up on the front foot to lift and down pressure to steady out). On a couple of takeoffs, I was going way too fast - foil was humming and I popped out the back.
I did get some longer rides, pumped through some flat spots and was able to correct some back setups - so today was definitely better than yesterday! Progress however small is always a good thing. Marlon was back on La's longboard. I saw him on a few rides - I think he is missing the thruster setup ;)