Just got my hands on a BP. I've had it out in the water four times and here are my thoughts on the comparisons between the baked and sweet spuds. I found that the SP ran great once it got going but I had a lot of difficulty getting it into waves. I thought the new design of the Baked would help with the initial takeoff and it turns out it does; tremendously. Waves that would have rolled by me on the SP I am able to easily catch now. The BP is very fast just like the SP. I havn't found a huge difference in manuverability between the boards yet (I've only had it out for a week) but I think the BP is holding better on the shoulder. Also, I noticed that sometimes the SP would 'slide' when turning. The BP so far seems to lock into waves nicely. BP is also slightly easier to push under waves and paddles much better that the SP. I actually think I can paddle this thing about 1.5Xs what I could move the SP.
These are just my opinions. I'm sure others are able to get their SP into waves easily and paddle it well but I had struggles. I was hesitant in getting the BP based on my SP experience but decided to give it a try. I'm stoked that I did. For me the BP is now my perfect summer/small wave board and gives me everything I got with the SP but with faster paddling and easier entry into waves (which helps when competing for waves at crowded spots). Worth every penny and then some.