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Numb version 2 by Tim Nunn and Ian Battrick

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Two years ago, surfer Ian Battrick and photographer Tim Nunn released a book called Numb. It was a bit of a first. The subject matter was their feral cold water adventures through Canada, Norway, Iceland and Scotland. And when you look at the whole cold water movement we’re now surrounded by, it was way ahead of the curve.

The book documented six years of travel, from deep snow, volcanoes and sub-zero temperatures in Iceland to encounters with bears and surviving weeks in barren wilderness in Canada. It was an instant classic; a hard-backed coffee table book stacked with images and tales and it sold out pretty quick.

Well now the boys are back with the second edition. It’s thicker, with new stories and trips and a lot more imagery. So we caught up with Tim Nunn for a quick chat.




So two years down the line, why did you decide to do another edition?

I think firstly while Numb was a big success and it sold out, we knew we could make something even better. Making a book for the first time was a real mission, and once the dust had settled we knew we could make it even greater. But with extra trips to Iceland and Scotland the new one’s so much more.




So what's different about this edition?

It's thicker, about 64 pages thicker, it's got a new cover and just covers more. We’ve been to Iceland three more times, scored the best waves ever and had some really epic adventures. So In my opinion where Canada was the standout tale in the first edition, Iceland matches it in this one.

We've also been back to our favourite slabs in Scotland and Ian has caught some incredible POV angles as well as some other shots from me. Plus more of the local boys. We’ve also extended Canada with some bonus shots. So it's bigger, better and hopefully even more inspiring.




You've launched a publishing company as well, so will this be the last book?

Yes I've been working on Esker for some time now ( The aim is to bring everything my friends and I do into once place so we can create some amazing projects. And a big part of that is to publish some really great books, showcasing subjects and imagery that may get lost in the online world. Numb v2 is the first and then we have plans for more, including the next one with Ben Selway.




The publishing model is quite an interesting one as well, can you tell us a little more?

It's not that different really, it falls halfway between a kind of crowdfunding and a standard model. Books cost a lot to print. So you either get a publisher, which is hard, or get commercial backing. Which can, as we all know, affect the content. We didn't want to go down a too commercial route and I'm not a massive fan of crowdfunding, so we met halfway.

We worked out that to get printing we needed between 50-100 pre-orders. We know we have a certain amount of people who’ll back this sort of thing and are willing to part with £30 to get an awesome book. And we've added the extras of signed prints and a thank you in the book, just to make their contribution to making it happen a little more special. It's also a little cheaper than the final price for the pre-orders.




So how can people help?

It's simple, order a book here - - and that's it, that's all we need and hopefully we can jump start a revolution in really good independent surf & surf culture publishing.




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