Neal in the second picture you have slack in the rope but the tip of the board is pointed away from the wake. If you want to just stand still and free ride, keep the tip pointed at the rear corner of the swim deck. Try placing your front foot closer to the toe edge of the board. Then just experiment with putting a little more weight on your front foot until you feel like you are free riding. You will get it in no time.
Here is a pic of me just standing with the board and my feet parallel to the wave.
I saw that you ride in Kailspell, MT. We will be up there with our Sanger in late July and early August. We should get together for some surfing.