Have sailed the 2013 I97 for a few times now.
Impressions are that for a medium sized board, its has small board speed potential, esp in less than ideal conditions. Acceleration is awesome, tracks very nicely through the chop, across and downwind. Have used 37 Vmax and 35 S09 select fins so far. Sails are a 7m/6.2 Reflex2. Best 2 sec peak so far with 7m is 37.75, in gusty conditions.
In light wind, its gets up and going very early, so for a one board solution, you can't go past this one. Recommend this size from 13-25 knots.
7m/I97 just an awesome combo!