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Bow Diddley (also known as Hard to Handle and Bo Diddley) is a recurring endurance challenge that debuted in Survivor: South Pacific, and has since reappeared in Cagayan, Cambodia, Millennials vs. Gen X, and Edge of Extinction.


Castaways must stand on an angled balance beam while balancing a ball. At regular intervals, they would move further down the beam, making it harder to keep steady. The last person standing wins.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: South Pacific, where the dominating Upolu Alliance chose to sit out the challenge and let the remaining Savaii members (minus John Cochran) battle it out. Ultimately, Whitney Duncan beat Dawn Meehan in a close challenge to win immunity.

In Survivor: Cagayan, the challenge was used for the final eight Immunity Challenge. After 20 minutes, it came down to Jeremiah Wood, Spencer Bledsoe, Tasha Fox, and Woo Hwang. Jeremiah was first to drop out. After 10 more minutes, Woo lost his balance and Spencer shortly followed, leaving Tasha as the individual immunity victor.

In Survivor: Cambodia, this challenge was used as the first post-merge Immunity Challenge. At the end, it came down to Spencer Bledsoe and Joe Anglim with Spencer losing his balance, giving Joe the win.

The original version of the challenge was used again in Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, where Will Wahl and Zeke Smith decided to sit out for sandwiches, chips, soft drinks, and beer (though Will was prohibited from drinking beer due to being 18 at the time). In the end, the challenge came down to Ken McNickle and Taylor Stocker, with the former winning immunity.

In Survivor: Edge of Extinction the challenge appeared as the final eleven Immunity Challenge. After a close challenge between Gavin Whitson and David Wright, David dropped out, meaning Gavin won immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
South Pacific
"Cut Throat"
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Whitney Duncan
"Sitting in My Spy Shack"
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Tasha Fox
"Play to Win"
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Joe Anglim
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Still Throwin' Punches"
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Ken McNickle
Edge of Extinction
"Y'all Making Me Crazy"
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Gavin Whitson




Recurring Challenges
A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me