Six years of travel, searching, cold water surfing & adventure in one photographic travelogue. Surfer Ian Battrick and photographer Tim Nunn have spent months in some of the wilder places in the Northern Hemisphere and this is their story in 200 pages of rich photography. From dealing with bears in the wilderness of Canada to volcanic eruptions in Iceland, driving for days in Norway to surfing heavy slabs in Scotland, this book is a window into some of the less explored corners of the surfing world. It is a book designed to inspire you to break free of the confines of everyday life and have your own adventure. To get out and see the planet for the incredible place its is, whether that be for a weekend, a year or a lifetime.
"Are you the solo-wanderer type, like Ian Battrick? The kind whose companions on the road are a small tent, a mosquito net or a 6mm wetsuit, an iPod and a well loved quiver of boards? You spend as little as possible and stay for as long as you can. You make plenty of friends out there - fellow travellers and friendly natives - but you're essentially a free radical, beholden to no one, bound to no place or schedule. Malaria, guns, bears - whatever.
Wandering the world in search of hollow waves is Ian's mission. He's been doing it for years and he's stored up gigabytes of great adventures in his memory banks. But he wont brag about them. In fact, it's hard to get Ian to spill the beans on any of his surf exploits but we try, and learn plenty in the process." - Alex Dick-Read (Editor of The Surfers Path)
"Everyone seems to jump on the 'Modern Day Gypsy' title because they travel for a living but these guys are THE REAL DEAL!
Every time you travel with them you're going to be roughing it, camping out, sleeping on rocks, in the rain and snow in a place so remote you realise there is no back up plan if things go pear shaped. There are no hotel rooms or creature comforts with these guys, someone should do a doco on Tim Nunn and Ian Battrick. If you want to see for your self check out this book!." Micah Lester
Follow Tim and Ian as they seek out a bit of solitude, adventure and search for waves.
- camping out for months in the Canadian wilderness, cut off from any contact with the outside world or way to leave if anything was to go wrong. Living off the land waiting for fleeting moments where a fickle, perfect wilderness wave comes to life.
- interacting with the local wildlife - from bears and cougars onland, to killer whales in the water.
- sitting through volcanic eruptions, camping and surfing amongst mid winter snowstorms, subzero conditions, living beneath Europe's largest glaciers, searching and surfing some of Europe's most remote coastline in Iceland.
- sheltering from mid winter North Atlantic storms in Scotland, just waiting for those windows in the weather to score some of the areas reefs and points.
- surfing dry slabs in high levels of radioactive contamination, in a permanently contaminated DEAD ZONE in Scotland. Such a toxic wasteland that even when the site is cleared, these Scottish waves will be contaminated for the next 25,000 years!
- driving crazy distances, checking islets and fjords around Norway - a 4 month road trip from Jersey to the most northern tip of Norway. All along the 7th longest coastline in the world, in the hope of finding isolated lonely waves.
- converting a builders van into the ultimate cold water surf vehicle to be able to spend extended time along some of the world's wildest coastlines.
- meeting classic characters along the way like Timmy Turner, Chris Noble, Raph Bruhwiler, Eric Ramsey, Sepp Bruhwiler, Josh Mulcoy, Pete Devries, Noah Cohen, Toby Atkins, Ryan Turner and a whole lot more.
This book is no guide, there are no signposts, just pages to inspire you to strike out on your own, to break free from the conformity of modern life and have your own adventure. With only one life to do everything you'll ever do, life is too short not to.
- Limited Edition hardback book (254mm x 251mm)
- Over 200 pages
- 400+ photos
"You guys are absolutely crazy...Beautiful stuff but you're nuts. Camping in the snow I would never make it into the water, I'm sure crowds were mellow. Ha... Inspired by your trips, you should write a book." - Pat O'Connell, former WCT surfer, 'Endless Summer 2' star, Hurley Marketing Manager
"Definitely one of the more interesting blokes I've come across in my travels" - Thayer Walker, Mens Journal USA
"The B.C. section is my favourite including as it does enough detailed and ridiculous bear encounters to make you both laugh and shit yourself, plus magnificent waves. The Canada missions sum up, in my view, an overall sense of the ridiculous and profoundly important extremes that surfing can takes us to. Most of us dream of empty, perfect waves and a life fully immersed in nature, but these guys have actually been experiencing both, annually. They get taken to a stretch of coast several hours by boat/jetski away from the nearest hints of human life, are dropped off with supplies, boards, cameras and a gun or two, then left to fend for themselves sometimes for over a month at a stretch. Camped out in their little bay, they literally 'survive' while they wait for a heaving righthander do it's magic. For those hardy enough to actually do it, NUMB is perhaps a blueprint, or at least inspiration, for radical, off-the-map surf adventures." - Alex Dick-Read, FOUNDING EDITOR of THE SURFERS PATH
"This is hard core, the guy riding naked in the barrel in ice water is pure pyscho but wild....the shrinkage factor might last a while!!!!ha" - Don
"I've been travelling with Batty for nearly 15 years. I've still yet to meet anyone more committed to surfing than he is. The lengths he goes to purely to score waves amaze me. He goes where the pampered pro's fear to tread. If there was a world tour of exploratory free surfers he'd be right up there with Kepa Acero." - Roger Sharp, Surf Photographer, Writer, Editor of Carve Surfing Magazine
"This is actually an ode to the person who has not been discovered in the world of surfing." - Benedikt Boas
"This is a fricking awesome book, the wild frontier stories told within are inspirational as well as jaw dropping. Great words and real quality writing....I love it." - Rob Tipples.
"Tim I love it mate sick job. pride and joy of the coffe table. 6 years well spent. Ian is a ledge too well gel love his book sign off too so true." - James Mitchell
"The book is insane! I am truly impressed by your work and your dedication. It is inspiration in its finest form. The shots are incredible and the stories are amazing. I think this book has serious potential to be huge. A global tale of yours and Nunn's adventures over the years." - Chris Hamlet
"Loved the bear stories, had no idea you guys had had to deal with them to surf, brilliant and really good photographs, will be reading this for years, inspirational stuff, get out and do another one." - Michael Spragg
"Well done guys, one of the best surf related books I've read, and the photography is outstanding." - Adrian Graham
"I keep going back to the book and finding new bits to read, excellent photography and funny anecdotes, absolutely loved it!" - Nick Stepny
"So Batty wont use a mobile phone because of radiation but he will surf in radioactive waters.......haha. Great photos and loved the tales. Superb." - Stephen Thompson
"Just bought a copy of Numb off Tim Nunn today, safe to say it's amazing. Cold water adventures, incredible images, classic stories, and in such a beautifully finished publication. Hat's off Tim and Batty!" - Anthony Butler - Mr B Productions
"A truely beautiful, photographic travelogue of his six years spent searching and cold water surfing with Tim Nunn and Ian Battrick in some of the wilder places the northern hemisphere has to offer, blending stories and anecdotes from time on the road with icy images to stir the soul and fire up the wanderlust. The design is slick, giving room for Tim’s pictures – be they jaw-dropping Turneresque landscapes, images of extreme endurance or moments of pure surf perfection captured – to do the talking. We’ve been dipping in to this beautiful tome time and again throughout the Christmas break – as has everyone who has stopped by – and can attest that this is a must-have for surfers, searchers and dreamers alike." - London Surf Film Festival
"Got the books today. It blew me away. Probably the most beautiful surf book i own now - -fantastic! It’s very likely that other orders (from me and friends) will follow!" - Seb
"My cold water-loving, good friend Tim Nunn has literally spent the last six years of his life camping out in the worlds chilliest and wildest destinations to document surfing. The result of having a permanently shrivelled wang is his eagerly anticipated book 'NUMB'. All I can say is 'wow'...it's a thing of beauty. Buy it, put the kettle on for a cuppa and a hot water bottle and prepare to blown away......" - Ben Selway - WHOMP MAGAZINE
"Congrats on the book- I haven't put it down since I got home! I think 'inspirational' is the best word to describe it! Oh and you're all crackers!" - Mike
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Posted by James on 21st May 2013
Took me half an hour just for a very quick flick through and look forward to really delving into it properly.
" Story" is a very overly used cliche but this tells a REAL story and is beautifully bound and the quality shines throughout.
Makes ya wanna get out there!!
Posted by Gretchen Wegrich - GrindTV on 18th May 2013
Surf photographer Tim Nunn and surfer Ian Battrick are tougher than you. The duo spent months snow camping in the Canadian wilderness, scouring Iceland’s remote coastline for surf, exploring the fjords of Norway, and hunting icy slabs in Scotland—all in the name of adventure.
The takeaway? Six years in the making, a new coffee table book titled “Numb” is a frigid chronicle of Nunn and Battrick’s cold-water surf adventures. The stories and photographs within are not for the faint of heart—or warm-blooded—and include professional surfers Timmy Turner, Chris Noble, Raph Bruhwiler, Eric Ramsey, Sepp Bruhwiler, Josh Mulcoy, Pete Devries, Noah Cohen, Toby Atkins, Ryan Turner, and others.
“For those hardy enough to actually do it, ‘Numb’ is perhaps a blueprint—or at least inspiration—for radical, off-the-map surf adventures,” said Alex Dick-Read, founding editor of The Surfer’s Path.
While 6 millimeters of rubber may sound like serious armor to surfers used to boardshorts and the warm-water surf-trip hazard of razor-sharp coral, “Numb” proves that even the thickest wetsuit doesn’t offer much protection from run-ins with bears, cougars, and killer whales.
The pages of the book overflow with stunning imagery from some of the world’s coldest and most remote coastlines, interspersed with adventure stories spawned by the treacherous surf missions and wildlife encounters behind the photos.
Posted by Bjorn on 9th May 2013
Ian is THE most stoked person I have had the pleasure of meeting.
Posted by Don on 7th May 2013
this is hard core, the guy riding naked in the barrel in ice water is pure pyscho but wild....the shrinkage factor might last a while!!!!ha
Posted by James Mitchell on 19th Apr 2013
Just got my copy thanks its Emense I need to go tripin. #mybestcoffetablebook
Posted by Micah Lester on 13th Apr 2013
Everyone seems to jump on the 'Modern Day Gypsy' title because they travel for a living but these guys are THE REAL DEAL!
Every time you travel with them you're going to be roughing it, camping out, sleeping on rocks, in the rain and snow in a place so remote you realise there is no back up plan if things go pear shaped. There are no hotel rooms or creature comforts with these guys, someone should do a doco on Tim Nunn and Ian Battrick. If you want to see for your self check out this book!
Posted by Benedikt on 13th Apr 2013
This is actually an ode to the person who has not been discovered in the world of surfing.
Posted by Roger Sharp on 7th Apr 2013
I've know Timmy J Nunn since 1992. We met at university in Aberystwyth. Been best mates ever since.
He's developed in to one hell of a photographer. (Sorry for the pun there).
I can take some credit for this as I encouraged him to get a stills rig while I was editing SurfEurope ten years ago. Simple theory: pop off some stills while on vid filming missions, double your money. Write me some words to go with: triple it.
Boy done good. Not only did he take to the stills gig like a ginger seal to water but his laconic wit, and our mutual admiration of the great goosechasing forefathers, Ted Grambeau and DC Green, led him down an editorial path that has been a rich mine of travel gold.
It's all led to this: Numb. A ruddy awesome coffee table book that will give you many months of pleasure. Here's the official blurb from the back of the book:
Six years of travel, searching, cold water surfing & adventure in one photographic travelogue. Surfer Ian Battrick and photographer Tim Nunn have spent months in some of the wilder places in the Northern Hemisphere and this is their story of times where their paths crossed in 200 pages of rich photography.
From dealing with bears in the wilderness of Canada to volcanic eruptions in Iceland, driving for days in Norway to surfing heavy slabs in Scotland, this book is a window into some of the less explored corners of the surfing world.
It is a book designed to inspire you to break free of the confines of everyday life and have your own adventure. To get out and see the planet for the incredible place its is, whether that be for a weekend, a year or a lifetime.
Over 200 pages, 400+ photos packed into one hardback book, along with some unique tales from off the beaten track around some of the world's remotest coastlines in Iceland, Norway, Canada and Scotland.
Limited Edition hardback book (254mm x 251mm)
So there you. Go. Do you need it in your life? I will say a hearty 'yes'. Not only are the photos amazing and the words special it's been designed with love and is a self-funded labour of love. Independent artists need support and by buying a copy you are supporting one of Britain's best surf photojournalists.
If I've convinced you to buy a copy then you can do that right here, right now. Simples. Hit the Paypal button, do the do, and Mr Nunn will fire you a book out by her majesty's Royal Mail post haste.
Posted by Pete Townend on 7th Apr 2013
Posted by Jeff on 6th Apr 2013
IT'S IS AMAZING. Got this gem in the mail today. The photo's are breathtaking! .
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