Hi Irwe, it is a tough one to answer...
As so many different conditions influence, at least the wind direction can be both diagonally offshore or sideshore or dead onshore - and everything in between.
Makes a big difference in the way you ride and fall.
I only think there is the "hard" way - learning yourself how to fall, with experience
Eventhough costly yes, I destroyed my very first wing this way - got the leading edge cut by the foil so both bladder and canopy exploded and needed a huge repair.
I believe that we get more and more situation awareness, meaning with experience we know WHERE to fall and how to do it, in the exact moment it happens - as again, can happen in so many different ways and you have to fall different in many of them.
There is a very simple thing I havent found a good solution to yet - could make a new thread, but to keep this "waves fall" thread alive I will ask it here:
How do you step/jump off your board after a session?
When entering towards shore, maybe riding a little wave maybe not - but how do you get off your board?
I use two ways, in light wind I might gently push the board up into the wind, being very careful not to get it to "rise up".
And then use the wing as a parachute and stepping off the board down on the bottom - and trying not to hurt my ankles, as when you dont know how deep it is exactly, it can happen.
But in more winds, most often, I let the board glide leeward and either foil stop in the sand bottom, or reaching the leash, while I fall on my back in the water, holding the wing.
This is by far the safest way I have found - NOT graceful, but safe for both your and your gear.
If you let the board glide upwind and jump to leeward, you will risk the wind carries the foil up and it might get you or your wing - VERY risky.
If you try to lean back and fall in the water tilting your foilboard, you might get a huge torsional load on your foil when the tip touches first - I never do that and prefer the foilwing to enter the sand horisontally for least stress.
Some might simply jump in the water further out where deep and swim/drift ashore yes, but I like to end the session riding close to shore foiling high, just like when kitefoiling, I find it is worth it and you dont have to swim/walk through breakers either - which can also harm you or your wing when tumbling in waves, even small ones.
Any good tips on this one, how to "step down" or fall gracefully on low water without much stress on gear or you, is it possible?