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Paddle Battle (also known as Wooden Ships) is a recurring challenge from Survivor. It debuted in Survivor: Guatemala and has since re-appeared in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng.


The tribes must race in boats to the shore, then push and pull their boats up the hill until a finish line and complete a final task.


In Survivor: Guatemala, the tribes paddled out to buoys in the lake to retrieve a torch and then race back to the shore. Then four members of the tribe begun hauling up the canoe with a rope while the remaining tribe members rotated logs underneath the canoe, allowing it to roll up the hill. Once the canoe passed the finish line, each tribe's remaining member had to run to the top of the hill with the torch and light the victory cauldron to win Immunity. The fatigue of the Nakúm men after the Reward Challenge the previous day hampered their performance, leading Yaxhá to their first victory.

The challenge re-appeared as the first Immunity Challenge in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng. The tribes first swam to their boats where they had to dive down and retrieve four paddles. The tribes then raced their boats to the shore. Once they got to the shore, they pushed and pulled their boats up the hill using wheels and a rope. After the boats crossed the finish line, the tribes had the option to choose between a puzzle and a balance task. The first and second tribes to finish their final task won immunity. While retrieving the paddles for To Tang, Darnell accidentally lost the tribes goggles, putting them at an early disadvantage. Chan Loh quickly came in first, and even though To Tang caught up to Gondol who struggled to push their heavy boat, Alecia did little to help Jennifer with the puzzle and after a close race Gondol placed 2nd.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Big Trek, Big Trouble, Big Surprise"
Tribal Immunity S11 amy t.pngS11 brian t.pngS11 brianna t.png
S11 gary t.pngS11 jamie t.pngS11 lydia t.png
S11 morgan t.pngS11 rafe t.pngS11 stephenie t.png
Kaôh Rōng
"I'm a Mental Giant"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S32 aubry t.pngS32 debbie t.pngS32 joe t.png
S32 liz t.pngS32 neal t.pngS32 peter t.png
Chan Loh
S32 anna t.pngS32 caleb t.pngS32 julia t.png
S32 michele t.pngS32 nick t.pngS32 tai t.png



  • This challenge has only been used as the first Immunity Challenge of the season.
  • Both times this challenge was used, a blue tribe and a yellow tribe participated and the blue tribe came in first.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · 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 · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · 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 · Kenny Log-Ins · 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 · Star Man · 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