"I'd suggest placing the mast foot fairly far back.
To get planing in really marginal conditions, you need to get the nose of the board UP to get the necessary for and aft trim to allow the board to jump up over it's own bow wave."
I am a now an advanced beginner and find this counterintuitive. Is it because the bow wave will be further back and bigger, allowing to glide in front of it better when you transition to a plane?
On my longboard, I was using a more front position that allow a faster speed while not planing, hoping the initial speed would help with planing. It is quite faster off the plane that's for sure. The transition to a plane is also smooth. If I understand correctly, I would plane sooner with the mast more to the back, but I would need to kick the board more abruptly to get over the bow wave. Does this makes sense?