Wes Nale
S29 Wes Nale
Contestant Profile
Born: June 19, 1990 (1990-06-19) (age 27)
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
Occupation: Firefighter
Survivor Career
Version: United States
San Juan del Sur
Tribe(s): Coyopa
► Hunahpu
Finish: 9/18
Alliance(s): Coyopa Guys Alliance
Challenge Wins: 6
Votes Against: 2
Days Lasted: 26

Wesley "Wes" Nale is a contestant from Survivor: San Juan del Sur.


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Name: Wes Nale (23)
Tribe Designation: Coyopa
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Keith's son
Current Residence: Shreveport, La.
Occupation: Firefighter
Personal Claim to Fame: Becoming a firefighter like my dad.
Inspiration in Life: My dad because he has always been a family man who has been there for me. He has taught me everything I know to this day and I give him credit for making me the man I am today.
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing and drinking beer.
Pet Peeves: When people have their windshield wipers on and it's not raining.
3 Words to Describe You: Athletic, winner and crazy.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be? 1) Beer 2) Dip/smokeless tobacco 3) Mila Kunis
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Ozzy and Russell Hantz because I'll dominate challenges and have girls under my wings making them think I will take them to the end.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning the money so I can get out on my own and to prove to all those who said I could never get on the show, much less win it.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I can provide food for my tribe. I can climb trees and I'm strong as an ox. I can also start fire easily and can talk to people and lift their spirits if they're having a bad day.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I know how to play the game better than anybody. My social game would get me all the way because I'm great at making friends. I have the gift of telling people what they want to hear.
What Does It Mean to You to Play Survivor with Your Loved One? Getting to play with my loved one is going to be awesome. I'm sure my dad will impress me with everything he does and how he will play his social game. It will be more fun playing the game of Survivor with him because I will have somebody on the island that I could 100% trust when things get tough or when big moves need to be made.[1]


Wes Nale completed with his father, Keith on Survivor: San Juan del Sur. The men had a difficult time during Day Zero, having lost their "Striker" and spent the night without fire. When it was time to separate, Wes's buff was orange and he was placed on the Coyopa tribe. During the first few days of the game, Wes believe that he was on the same tribe as John Rocker because of watching Baseball in his youth. John denied this, because of his controversial "Sports Illustrated" interview which gotten him labelled racist and homophobic. At the Immunity Challenge, Coyopa was initially leading, but lost after struggling with the puzzle. Wes agreed with Dale Wentworth that Nadiya Anderson was a huge threat because of her being on The Amazing Race. She was the first person voted out of the game in a 5-3-1.

At the Immunity Challenge on Day 5, Wes faced of against Jeremy Collins and won, scoring a point for his tribe. However, Coyopa lost the challenge when Jaclyn Schultz lost her 2nd match against Kelley Wentworth. The men of the tribe decide to Split the Vote between Val Collins (who claimed to have two Hidden Immunity Idols) and Baylor Wilson. The vote was tied 4-4 and Val was voted out in a revote 5-1. At the next Hero's Duel, Coyopa won the rock-paper-scissors to decide who would compete in the duel. Wes volunteered himself, believing he would win against his dad. Wes was confident that he would win against his dad. Wes did win the duel for his tribe and picked fishing gear over comfort items. Wes also chosen Josh Canfield to join his father on Exile Island. Wes was hoping Coyopa would win the Immunity Challenge because they were eating fish. This was not the case as Coyopa lost the challenge again. Wes agreed with Josh that John should go after his outburst after losing the challenge. John was blindsided in a 5-2 vote. However at the next Immunity Challenge, Coyopa was finally able to win.

On Day 10 at the Hero's arena, there was a Tribe Switch. Wes ended up on Hunahpu , but his father ended up on the new Coyopa. Unlike at Coyopa, Hunahpu had very little rice. Wes, like the other Coyopa's were upset by this. While the Hunahpu won the Immunity Challenge, They plead with Jeff Probst for more rice. The next day, Jeff came and gave them rice at the expense of nearly all of their rewards accumulated over the course of the game. At the next, Hero's Duel, Reed Kelly won the tribe a Survivor Barbecue. Unfortunately, heavy rains came after the food was eaten. At the next Immunity Challenge, Hunahpu came from behind to win immunity yet again.

On Day 16, The tribes would merge and the castaways were given a feast to celebrate. Wes was happy and considered the feast the highlight of the game. Keith immediately joined his son and the alliance of Josh. Wes lost the Immunity Challenge to his father. However, Tribal Council was cancelled because of Julie McGee quitting the game. At the next Reward Challenge, Wes and Keith were on the winning team along with Jeremy, Natalie, and Reed. The group won a trip to a taco bar. However, the food cause Wes to be extra gassy. This annoyed Baylor and Jaclyn. The initial target, Jeremy Collins won immunity so Josh turned the target toward Baylor for her being non committal towards him. However, Josh was the one who ended up getting the boot.

Wes would stay safe for the next few days as he was not the target. Jeremy would be voted out next due to a falling out with Jon. On the Day 24 Reward Challenge, Wes ended up on the losing team and gotten exiled. At the Immunity Challenge, Wes would ultimately step down for some chicken wings and some beer. Reed gathered his alliance to take advantage of a Split Vote and blindside Jon. Unfortunately, Jon was tipped off at Tribal Council by Keith to stick to the plan and Natalie Anderson urging him to play his idol. Keith also played his idol after Wes declined the idol when Keith offered it to him. As Wes was the only one with votes that counted against him, Wes was the only eliminated from the game. Wes fist pump his dad on his way out.

At Final Tribal Council, Wes congratulated the finalists and told them how wonderful it was to play with his father. Wes then asked the women who it was to play with their loved ones. Missy said it was a dream come true and said she adored Keith. Jaclyn said that her experience with Jon was a communication thing and was overall great. Natalie said she was never apart from Nadiya for very long and hoped to make her proud. Wes voted for Natalie to win the title of Sole Survivor.

Voting History

Wes's Voting History
Episode Wes's
Voted Against
1 Nadiya -
2 Val;
3 John -
4 Coyopa Tribe Immune
5 Hunahpu Tribe Immune
6 Hunahpu Tribe Immune
7 No Tribal Council
8 Baylor -
9 Reed -
10 Jon2 Jaclyn, Jon
Voted Off, Day 26
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In Method to This Madness, the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Baylor and Val, forcing a revote. Wes did not change his vote on the revote.
^2 In This Is Where We Build Trust, Jon used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Wes's vote against him.


  • In early February 2017, Wes became engaged.[2]


  • Wes is one of three firefighters competing on San Juan del Sur.
  • Wes and his father, Keith, are the only remaining contestants on San Juan del Sur to reach the tribe switch as a pair, and not end up on the same tribe.
  • Wes's 24th birthday was on Day 17 of the game.
  • Wes is the first castaway to have been voted out as a result of two idols.
  • With 2 out of 9 votes, Wes was voted out by the lowest ratio of total votes cast in Survivor history.
  • Wes lost 19 lbs. (8.6 kg) during Survivor: San Juan del Sur.[3]
  • Wes is the only partner of a castaway who competed in Cambodia that was not chosen to be a loved one.