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Aras Baskauskas

S27 Aras Baskauskas

S12 Aras Baskauskas

Contestant Profile
Birth Date September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26) (age 33)
Hometown Santa Monica, California
Occupation Yoga Instructor;


Tribe(s) Viveros (Day 1-4)
► Casaya (Day 4-16)
Gitanos (Day 16-39)
Placement Winner
Alliance(s) Casaya Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 10
Vote(s) Against 9
Day(s) Lasted 39

Blood vs. Water

Tribe(s) Galang (Day 1-14)
► Tadhana (Day 14-19)
Kasama (Day 19-21)
Placement 11/20
Alliance(s) Galang Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 6
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 25

Aras Vydunas Baskauskas is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Panama. He later competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water with his brother, Vytas.

Regarded by many as one of the most likable and personable players of all time, he is best known for his rivalry with Terry Deitz, his strong social gameplay, and his leadership over the post-swap Casaya tribe despite being the youngest member. His efforts earned him the title of Sole Survivor. He also holds the distinction of having the most votes cast against him in a single season out of any winner.



Aras Baskauskas completed his undergraduate program in three years and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. In 2003, he was named one of UC Irvine's "Most Eligible Bachelors" in the student newspaper.

Baskauskas continued his education at UC Irvine and graduated from the Graduate School of Management, where he received his Masters in Business Administration. He is proudest of being the only student to have played NCAA Men's Division One basketball on scholarship while in the MBA program.

Baskauskas is a former professional basketball player, having played briefly overseas in Lithuania. After leaving the court, Aras moved to Capetown, South Africa, where he opened up a donation-based yoga studio. He currently works as a yoga instructor in Santa Monica, California. His hobbies include meditation, golf and surfing. He describes himself as outgoing, compassionate and genuine.

As of Panama, Baskauskas lived in Santa Monica, California.

Blood vs. WaterEdit

Name (Age): Aras Baskauskas (31)
Tribe Designation: Galang
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Vytas’ Brother
Previous Season: Survivor: Panama – Exile Island, winner
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Musician
Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? I want to play Survivor with Vytas because I know we'll have a great shot at winning. More importantly, I know an experience like Survivor will bring us closer together. Early in our lives, we had a very rocky relationship. Taking on adventures as adults gives us the chance to make up for lost time.

Survivor: PanamaEdit

Originally part of the younger male Viveros tribe, Aras and the rest of the tribe, struggled early on, as the group of younger men were unable to set up camp, nor make fire. Their goofing off and foolishness almost carried over at the first Immunity Challenge, narrowly beating the "older women" Casaya tribe, finishing third place and avoiding Tribal Council.

In Day 4, Aras became a member of the new Casaya tribe and formed an early alliance with Shane Powers, Courtney Marit, and Danielle DiLorenzo. But the alliance was threatened with implosion when Shane wanted to quit the game, having smoked three packets of cigarettes a day prior to Survivor. But Aras convinced him not to quit, and the alliance regrouped and voted out Melinda Hyder, one of the two older women of the tribe. The dysfunctional Casaya tribe would then win two consecutive Immunity Challenges.

Aras led the charge to vote out Bruce Kanegai due to their clashing points of view, but Courtney, Danielle, and Cirie Fields felt that Bobby Mason was much more of a threat than Bruce, and they voted Bobby out. When the tribes merged in in Day 15, the ex-Casaya tribe members consisted of Aras, Shane, Bruce, Cirie, Courtney and Danielle had the power in numbers against the four ex-La Mina tribe members. Due to Terry Deitz, the largest target, winning immunity, the alliance voted out Nick Stanbury, Austin Carty, and Sally Schumann in three straight tribal councils.

In Day 25, Bruce was evacuated out of the game due to constipation, causing him immense pain. When Terry continued to win individual immunity, the alliance was forced to turn on themselves at the final six. Shane, together with Cirie and Aras, targeted Danielle, but Courtney, together with Terry, Danielle, and Cirie wanted to vote out Aras. Not happy with any of these options, Cirie brewed a plan of her own, and together with Aras and Danielle, voted out Courtney, whom Cirie believed was aligned with Shane.

Terry continued his immunity winning streak and once again the alliance was forced to take out one of their own. Shane, believing he was safe, targeted Danielle. But once again, Cirie had her own plans, and together with Aras and Danielle, they voted out Shane, who had aligned with Terry. At the final four, the long-standing rivalry between Terry and Aras was once again raised when Aras won a reward, much to Terry's dismay. When given the choice of picking someone to go on the reward with him to cross the Panama Canal, he decided to pick Cirie, which in turn sent both Terry and Danielle to Exile Island. When sent to Exile Island, Terry and Danielle formed an alliance against Aras and Cirie with plans of ousting Aras.

But Aras managed to win immunity, making him safe. Terry, due to the widely-known fact that he possessed the hidden immunity idol, was also safe. This created a 2-2 tie between Danielle and Cirie, who competed in a fire-building challenge to determine their fate. Shown over two episodes, Danielle won the challenge, and Aras' ally Cirie was eliminated. With Terry's idol now useless, it was now fair game between the final three, Aras, Danielle, and Terry.

The final immunity was the first to be predecessed by a "prepare for the immunity challenge" reward for the reward challenge winner. The immunity challenge was not one that the winner of the reward challenge would profit from. At the final immunity challenge, Danielle out-balanced the two guys to win immunity, giving her the power to choose her opponent in the final two. Danielle eventually chose to eliminate Terry, making him the final member of the jury and propelling Aras into the final two. The challenge ended the perceived battle between both Terry and Aras.

On Day 39, while he and Danielle had glasses of champagne, Aras slipped on a wet rock and fell, sending shards of glass into his hand and back. His wounds required seven stitches by the medical crew.

In the end, despite the injury, Aras beat out Danielle DiLorenzo to become the Sole Survivor in a 5-2 vote, gaining the votes of Austin, Sally, Courtney, Cirie, and Terry.

Voting HistoryEdit

Aras' Voting History
Episode Aras'
Voted Against
1 Viveros Tribe Immune
2 Melinda -
3 Casaya Tribe Immune
4 Casaya Tribe Immune
5 Bruce Shane
6 Casaya Tribe Immune
8 Nick -
9 Austin Austin, Sally,
10 Sally Sally, Terry
11 No Tribal Council
12 Courtney Courtney, Terry
13 Shane Terry
14 Danielle Individual Immunity
15 No Vote
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Aras
Austin, Cirie, Courtney,
Sally, Terry
Sole Survivor, Day 39

Survivor: Blood vs. WaterEdit

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Voting HistoryEdit

Statistics of Aras Baskauskas
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 64
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 13
Individual wins 3
Total 16
Tribal Council
Total votes received 16
Exile Island
Times exiled 2
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island 4
Duels won 0
Aras' Voting History
Episode Aras'
Voted Against
1 Gervase -
Galang Tribe Immune
2 Galang Tribe Immune
3 No Tribal Council
Galang Tribe Immune
4 Galang Tribe Immune
5 Laura M. -
6 Tadhana Tribe Immune
7 Tadhana Tribe Immune
8 Laura M. Caleb, Ciera, Gervase, Hayden,
Laura M., Monica, Tyson
Voted Off, Day 21
9 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 25
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • In Summer of 2009, Aras, along with the other first eighteen Survivor winners, appeared on a TVGuide special 'Survivor Winners: Where Are They Now?'
  • On January 9, 2010, Aras attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
  • In 2011, Aras founded Tundra Gear, a winter hat company.[1]
  • In 2011, Aras released his debut album, "The Tree and the River", under the stage name of "Odd Us" (the actual pronunciation of his name).
  • In 2013, he became a part of the band "My Swedish Friend", as a parallel project.[2]
  • On November 10, 2013, Aras was engaged with his girlfriend, model Christy Petersen.[3] Their first child, River Juozas Baskauskas, was born on May 29, 2014.[4]
  • Aras finished fourth in the Rob Has a Podcast'Mr. Survivor 2014 first round of voting. However, Aras finished fourth in the final round of voting, but due to Rob not being able to schedule a interview with finalist Hayden Moss, Aras took his spot in the final three and eventually lost out against Malcolm Freberg, but beat Tyson Apostol.


  • Aras is half Lithuanian. His last name is pronounced: "Bush-kows-kass".
  • Aras shares his birthday with Survivor: Vanuatu contestant John Kenney.
  • Aras injury on Day 39 marks the first time someone has been injured on the final day of the competition.
  • Aras was the youngest contestant of Panama.
  • Aras lost 17 lbs (7 kg) during his time in Blood vs. Water.[5]
  • Aras' first choice to play with him in Blood vs. Water was his girlfriend Christy, but the production took more interest in Vytas.[6]
  • In Blood vs. Water, everyone he voted either for or against voted against him at the Tribal Council where he was voted out.
  • Every time Aras received a vote after the merge in Survivor: Panama, one of them was from Terry.
  • Aras and Vytas are one of the pairs to be eliminated back to back from each other in Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Aras was eliminated first before his brother Vytas.
  • Aras' aunt is the founder of the most popular, and the first independent tv channel in Lithuania.
  • He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and American.
  • Aras' maternal grandfather is Macdonald Carey.
  • Aras applied for Survivor: Palau and Survivor: Guatemala before he was chosen for Panama.
  • He is the first Sole Survivor to have dual citizenship.


Preceded by
S11 danni t
Danni Boatwright
Sole Survivor Titleholder
S12 aras t
Aras Baskauskas
Succeeded by
Cook Islands
S13 yul t
Yul Kwon

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