Aero

Los Angeles based West of West created, in cooperation with Chris Noell, an experimental surfboard; Aero. A board built around the streamlined image of speed. The classic outlines of a planing hull blend with an asymmetrical split tail. The top is minimal while the bottom is extensively contoured.

Ridges and valleys emerge from the bottoms surface, forming a new topography that reacts to speed and flow in unique ways.

It is the contrast between top and bottom, connected by the striking split tail that I particularly like. Notable is the fin missing at the bottom and I wonder how that influences the directional stability. I imagine it can take a while to tame the board before you can head out and conquer impressive barrels.

Aero was built for and displayed at the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles.

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