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Survivor Sumo
Survivorsumojaclynkelley Jaclyn takes on Kelley in San Juan del Sur.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring physical challenge
Appearances: Palau
Fiji
Heroes vs. Villains
Blood vs. Water
San Juan del Sur

Survivor Sumo (also known as Sumo at Sea, Kung Fu Cannibals and Sumo in Mud) is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: Palau and was used in later seasons.

Rules

One member from each tribe faces off on a platform surrounded by either water (Palau, Blood vs. Water, and San Juan del Sur) or mud (Fiji and Heroes vs. Villains). Using their padded bags, or any other body part other than their hands, they must try to knock each other off the platform. Doing so would score their tribe a point. The first tribe to reach a certain number of points would win.

History

In Survivor: Palau, its debut season, Koror narrowly managed to beat out Ulong for immunity.

The challenge reappeared as a Reward Challenge in Survivor: Fiji. Moto won, taking home fishing gear, toiletries, coffee and potatoes.

The Heroes won this challenge in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. In addition to Immunity, the tribe also won rice, sugar, coffee and the tribe's luxury items.

The challenge appeared once again in Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Although Tadhana started off strong, Galang managed to make a comeback and ended up winning their third Immunity Challenge.

The challenge appeared again in Survivor: San Juan del Sur as the second Immunity Challenge. The two tribes were very evenly matched, and Kelley avenged her loss to Jaclyn in the first round by defeating her in the final round, securing immunity for Hunahpu for the second straight time.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Palau
Sumo at Sea
Tribal Immunity S10 caryn tS10 coby tS10 gregg t
S10 ian tS10 janu tS10 jenn t
S10 katie tS10 tom tS10 willard t
Koror
Fiji
Love Many, Trust Few, Do Wrong to None
Tribal Reward S14 alex tS14 boo tS14 cassandra t
S14 dreamz tS14 edgardo tS14 lisi tS14 stacy t
Moto
Heroes vs. Villains
That Girl Is Like a Virus
Tribal Reward & Immunity S20 amanda tS20 candice tS20 cirie tS20 colby t
S20 jt tS20 james tS20 rupert tS20 tom t
Heroes
Blood vs. Water
Opening Pandora's Box
Tribal Reward & Immunity S27 aras tS27 gervase tS27 kat tS27 laurab t
S27 lauram tS27 monica tS27 tina tS27 tyson t
Galang
San Juan del Sur
Method to This Madness
Tribal Immunity S29 drew tS29 jeremy tS29 jon t
S29 julie tS29 keith tS29 kelley t
S29 missy tS29 natalie tS29 reed t
Hunahpu

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Trivia

  • Tom Westman and Tyson Apostol are the only people to participate in this challenge twice.
    • However, Tom is the only person to win this challenge twice since Tyson only won it in his second attempt.
    • Both competed in a variation with water and mud.
  • The occurrence of this challenge in Survivor: San Juan del Sur marks the first time a challenge has ever taken place in the ocean in seasons filmed in Nicaragua.
  • Tyson Apostol and Baylor Wilson have both been injured as a result of the challenge.
  • According to John Kirhoffer, the matches are usually two out of three instead of one single bout.[1]

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