"Halfway through, my brain felt like it was being stabbed by a thousand knives."
You, of course, know Chris Hemsworth from his many roles playing variations of Thor. You also must know that he is an avid surfer. Oh, not avid in the modern Jonah Hill iteration but actually legitimate. A surfer’s surfer. The Australian hunk regularly folds our favorite pastime into his life and, thus, is aware of both the hassles and joys. The light pains and small euphorias.
Well, you can then imagine my surprise when Hemsworth declared surfing very cold water to be the worst torture on earth. As part of a new docuseries titled Limitless in which our hero “explores the potential of the human body through a gauntlet of grueling ordeals,” the real life superhero took part in simulated drowning exercises, the sort Navy SEALs do, starved himself for days, pulled a truck with his own bulging muscles. And yet, according to the Men’s Journal:
Hemsworth said the most difficult episode to film involved surfing and swimming in 37-degree water in the Norwegian Arctic.
“Halfway through, my brain felt like it was being stabbed by a thousand knives,” he said.
The actor is no stranger to physical challenges, including chilly water — his personal trainer and longtime friend Luke Zocchi previously told Insider that Hemsworth swears by ice baths to help with muscle aches.
Even with the ice bath practice and being a surfer’s surfing, chilly paddling is the worst thing on earth. Comforting to know, I suppose, that those of us who have surfed in the cold are amongst the toughest people on earth.
Go tell your significant other that you and Thor are basically the same, today.
You and Dion Agius (pictured above).