For some reason having the paddle attached in front of me just felt constrictive with more potential hazard -> so make sure you are ok with that when you try yours. Once switched back to my wrist it felt a lot better for me. My system stays tight to the shaft so it pretty much stays out of the way. Takes a bit of fiddling at first to get the optimal length - but once set-up like it is now - it works really good. Super low profile flat cord that is not much noticeable anymore.
Have been using the 23 and the green Race Ultra fin pretty much exclusively all winter. That OEM fin is a very good compromise for tracking vs the SIC 7.0 and Gladiator Elite. So far broaching has not been an issue at all. Really liking the turning vs tracking aspects. No probs at all today upwind and DW in 10-12 kts. Was very impressed actually. The SIC is great for quick turns -> but turns too easy when you want more tracking for distance. DW that fin did really good on the 23.
In very light winds like that the 23 catches pretty much every wave. That board just slithers along with such low drag. No comparison to any other board I have tried. With the boof I let it pearl an inch or two - and it pops up under complete control angling down and across swells. Most fun I have ever had in such crappy sloppy cross chop conditions. That little 23 just powers in that.