Dredging In Hossegor


This is a shot of the saltwater lake in Hossegor, If you’ve been here you know what a beautiful place it is, full of sups, oyster beds and children playing in the summer. It holds a dark secret though in the form of around 30k tonnes of silt/sand which harbours a mix of chemicals and polluted sludge from years of sedimentation, and of course amongst that will inevitably a fair bit of plastic.


So to stop the lake silting up and becoming an ecological disaster it has been decided to start dredging it, after the WSL event has been through town. Now this in its self isn’t such a bad thing, however the costs of removing the sludge to somewhere where it can do no more harm (a giant hole in the ground somewhere?) is too expensive, so it is going to be piped to Santocha, one of the beaches in Capbreton and literally dumped there. Where it will be washed out into the ocean to hopefully dilute the nasty stuff. However we all know that doesn’t work that well, and as a result it sounds like the beaches around Capbreton are likely to be closed for up to six months, and who knows what is going to come out.

We’ll find out more about this in the coming week, and next weekend there is a protest which we’ll be at in Capbreton. The issue here is, we know this is going to pollute the ocean, we know the ocean is already on its knees, yet it’s still going to be done.

Micah Lester just down the beach from where the gunge is going to be dumped.

I found like to help us you can below. And stay tuned for more on this, our next Dispatch film is from Hossegor.

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We have a limited edition of 25 our original book Numb, it’s bigger than the first 30×30 hardback coffee table book. Before Cold Water surfing was a ‘thing’ Ian Battrick, photographer Tim Nunn and Timmy Turner, went on a feral cold water adventure into what was then the total unknown, not much money, just a lust for solitude. There are only 50 of this first run, we are selling them at cost price plus postage, I get a lot of enquiries about them so have decided to do a mini re-print to see if anyone would like one. We will also give away a print with each one as well as them being signed and numbered. If they are popular, we’ll print more… Full description - 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 208 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.” Numb came about quite organically as Ian Battrick and myself started travelling looking for some solitude at the colder ends of the planet. We never inted to produce a book, but as the adventures unfolded we wanted to put our experiences into something a little more permanent. Something that told the experiences in more depth than a magazine article or an internet feature, so we went out on a limb and created Numb. A full on photobook, it’s been a mission, it’s totally self funded and we’ve produced a book to the highest possible quality.


Tim Nunn

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