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Aras Baskauskas

S27 Aras Baskauskas

S12 Aras Baskauskas

Contestant Profile
Birth Date September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26) (age 32)
Hometown Santa Monica, California
Occupation Yoga Instructor;
Musician

Panama

Tribe(s) ██ Viveros
Casaya
██ Gitanos
Placement Winner
Alliance(s) Casaya Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 10
Vote(s) Against 9
Day(s) Lasted 39

Blood vs Water

Tribe(s) ██ Galang
Tadhana
██ Kasama
Placement 11/20
Alliance(s) Galang Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 6
Vote(s) Against 7
Day(s) Lasted 25
Gallery
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Aras Vydunas Baskauskas is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Panama. He later competed on Survivor: Blood vs Water with his brother, Vytas.

Profile

Panama

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 Water

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: Panama

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 setbacks 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 History

Aras' Voting History
Episode Aras'
Votes
Voted Against
Aras
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,
Terry
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 Water

Voting History

Statistics of Aras Baskauskas
Longevity
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'
Votes
Voted Against
Aras
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
10
Eliminated, Day 25
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Tyson

Post-Survivor

  • 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" (actually his name should be pronounced).
    • 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] They are expecting their first child.[4]
  • Aras Finished 4th in the RHAP Mr. Survivor 2014 first round of voting. However, Aras finished 2nd in the final round of voting due to Rob not being able to schedule a interview with Hayden, thus Aras took his spot in the final 3 and eventually lost out against Malcolm Freberg, but beat Tyson Apostol

Trivia

  • Aras is of Lithuanian heritage. His last name is pronounced: "Bush-kow-kiss".
  • Aras has the same exact birthday as Survivor: Vanuatu contestant John Kenney.
  • Aras injured himself on Day 39 on Survivor: Panama, but was not evacuated.
  • Aras was the only Viveros member to win individual immunity.
  • Aras received 9 votes against him on Panama - more than any other winner in a single season.
  • Aras is the only male Sole Survivor from a season shot in Panama.
  • Aras was the youngest contestant of Survivor: Panama.
    • Aras is the first male to be the youngest contestant of a season to make it to the merge.
    • Aras is the first (and only thus far) male finalist to be the youngest contestant. The other people to do so are Neleh Dennis, Jenna Morasca, and Natalie Tenerelli.
    • He is also the first male to be the youngest contestant to become Sole Survivor.
  • Aras is the first winner of a season with four starting tribes.
  • At 6'3" (190 cm), Aras is the second tallest winner behind Richard Hatch.
  • He was the yoga teacher of Survivor: Micronesia winner Parvati Shallow, and gave her advice before she appeared on her first season.
  • He is the only returnee from Survivor: Panama to not appear on Heroes vs. Villains.
  • Aras and Candice Cody are the only non-Survivor: One World returnees on Blood vs Water to bring a male loved-one with them.
    • ​Also, Aras is the only returnee to bring a male blood relative with him.
  • Aras is the first contestant to cast a vote for Gervase Peterson and spell his name correctly.
  • Aras is the second winner to become a member of the Jury on a subsequent attempt. The first is J.T. Thomas
    • Coincidentally, they were both the first castaways voted out after the merge on their second seasons.
  • Aras is one of three castaways to experience life on Exile Island and Redemption Island, the others being fellow Blood vs. Water castaway Candice Cody and Ozzy Lusth.
    • Aras is the only one of the three to have only competed on two seasons, the only one of the three to have never won a duel, and the only one of the three to be a winner.
  • Both times Aras attended Tribal Council in Survivor: Blood vs Water, he voted for Laura Morett.
    • The first time, he successfully eliminated her. The second time, it resulted in his own elimination.
    • The only occasion Aras did not vote against Laura was during the Day 1 First Impressions vote, where he was the only person to vote against Gervase Peterson.
  • Aras lost 17 lb (7 kg) during his time in Blood vs Water.[5]
  • Aras was the only male Galang member who was voted out in Blood vs. Water. Rupert Boneham switched with his wife on Redemption Island and was eliminated in the first duel, Colton Cumbie quit, while Gervase Peterson and Tyson Apostol made it to final tribal council.
  • Aras was the only returning contestant to make the merge and not win a challenge either in the main game or Redemption Island.
    • He was also the only returning contestant to make the merge and not still be competing in the finale.
  • Aras and Danielle DiLorenzo were the first finalists to be the same age as each other at the time of filming, Both of them being 24 when they played.
  • Aras' first choice to play with him in Blood vs. Water was his girlfriend Christy, but the production chose Vytas.[6]
  • Aras is one of three pervious Sole Survivor's to spend time at Ponderosa, the other two being Tina Wesson and J.T. Thomas.

References

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Preceded by
Danni Boatwright
Sole Survivor Titleholder
Panama
Succeeded by
Yul Kwon
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