Tribe Profile
Namesake: Samoan word meaning "Ocean Wave"
Tribe Type: Starting Tribe
Day Formed: Day 1
Rival Tribe(s): Foa Foa
Tribe Status: Merged with Foa Foa on Day 19
Challenge Wins: 8
Lowest Placing Member: Yasmin Giles (16/20)
Highest Placing Member: Brett Clouser (4/20)

S19 Galu Flag

Tribe Sigil
Galu insignia


Galu is a starting tribe from Survivor: Samoa. Their tribe color is purple.

Challenge-wise, Galu was the stronger of the two tribes on Samoa, winning eight of the ten tribal challenges, in part because of Russell Swan's leadership. However, after the merge, tribal conflicts erupted, and Russell Hantz's gameplay emerged, causing its members to be eliminated in an almost consecutive order.


S19 brett tS19 dave tS19 erik t
S19 john tS19 kelly tS19 laura tS19 monica t
S19 russells tS19 shambo tS19 yasmin t

Tribe History

On the first day of the competition, the ten members of Galu were instructed to vote (based solely on first impressions) for a leader. They chose Russell Swan, who did not choose wisely in the first Reward Challenge. However, this was merely a speed bump on Galu's road to pre-merge domination, which became clear when the first eight days saw the tribe immune from the first few votes.

Whilst the tribe enjoyed early success, there were clear factions within the group. The girls' alliance of Laura Morett, Monica Padilla, and Kelly Sharbaugh and the men's alliance of Erik Cardona, Russell Swan, Dave Ball, John Fincher, and Brett Clouser left Shambo Waters a sitting duck.

After their first Tribal Council and the elimination of Yasmin on Day 11, Galu remained a force to be reckoned with in terms of challenge performance. However, Russell S. began to show signs of struggling at a Reward Challenge which led to his eventual evacuation. Jeff Probst instructed that the tribe elect a new leader. Erik took this opportunity to bring Shambo into the alliance and make her the leader in order to control her later down the line. Her reign as leader was short-lived and the majority of the time scrutinized as the decisions she wanted were regularly rejected straight away (one incident regarding who would be making decisions at a Reward Challenge).



  • Galu ties with Sook Jai for the longest elimination streak of an original tribe, with seven of its members being eliminated consecutively.
    • Coincidentally, both tribes are purple.
  • Galu is the fourth starting tribe to secure all but one seat on the jury, following Rotu, Koror, and Timbira.
  • Despite Galu falling apart at the merge, it was voted the sixth best tribe in Survivor history by Survivor Oz.[1]