“Hold My Attention”: ‘Thor’ Chris Hemsworth Opens Up on How Surfing Saves Him From Losing Control

Published 06/07/2023, 6:00 AM EDT

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Chris Hemsworth is gearing up for the release of his new movie Extraction 2, the sequel to the 2020 action movie Extraction. While he is busy doing promotions, one particular interview with GQ explores various facets of his life in Byron Bay, New South Wales. One aspect is his lifelong love of surfing. The actor who has delivered memorable performances like James Hunt in Rush, Tyler Rake in Extraction, and most notably Thor in all of his Marvel movies, owes a lot of his mental stability to surfing. While his insane discipline to fitness and workout at age 39 is already an enigma to his fans, his surfing ability is underrated.

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Chris Hemsworth also mentioned how he used to take intermittent breaks from shooting Extraction 2 and fly off to France to surf in the waters of Hossegor. It gave him a sense of focus amidst every other complexity in his life.

For Chris Hemsworth, surfing is a necessity in life

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“I’ve always loved surfing”, Chris Hemsworth said o Hannah-Rose Yee of GQ magazine. The interview started on a note about his years as a teenager in Mona Vale, Sydney, before quickly shifting to where he currently lives in Byron Bay. Hemsworth has always loved surfing, be it on the Northern Beaches of Sydney or the beaches of Byron Bay on the northern coast of New South Wales.

He continued, “It’s one of the few things that holds my attention completely and in its entirety”. Such is his love for the ocean and its large waves, that when he isn’t near them he feels a sense of longing for it. Chris Hemsworth shot for his latest movie Extraction 2 in Prague, but he couldn’t help himself to fly off every weekend to the nearest perfect location for a good surf.

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Soorts-Hossegor is a commune in Landes in southwestern France. It is a sea resort town that is widely renowned as a surfing destination. Hemsworth would come here to surf whenever he felt the need for it, and then fly back to Prague to finish shooting the film. The need to surf became a necessity for Hemsworth in order to get through the grueling shoot of Extraction 2.

Surfing gives him a feeling that nothing else does

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Extraction 2 is filled with action sequences and required his full commitment, physical and mental. Only surfing on weekends is what “got me through”, he said. The Thor actor does the same during any of his other commitments away from home. Whether is doing press tours or movie promotions anywhere around the world, he would look for any excuse to fly back to Byron Bay and just surf in those familiar waters.

 

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Chris Hemsworth has surfed all his life and loves riding huge waves. He believes, “There’s a cleansing every time I get in the water. If I’m having some sort of inner conflict or turmoil, it’s the one place I go”. Away from the din and commotion of city life, away from the pressures of Hollywood and other professional commitments, surfing gives him a sense of freedom like no other. He concludes by saying, “There’s a feeling of starting again”.

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Tanmay Roy is a sports writer at EssentiallySports specializing in his coverage of the Olympics and other major American sporting events. His passion for sports was ignited by the early achievements of Michael Phelps, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe. As a writer for EssentiallySports, Tanmay's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks, showcasing his ability to craft engaging and thought-provoking stories.
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