Paddle Out  (also known as Inside Track, It's in the Bag, Tracks of My Tears, Roll Away the Dew, and Born to Rung) is a recurring Survivor challenge.


Castaways must roll a series of balls down a lane on a wooden board to the end where there are several slots for the balls to land in. The first person or tribe to land all their balls in slots at the same time wins.

In the tribal version of this challenge, each tribe must first make their way through a course before reaching the final table maze. Two members then maneuver the balls down the board and land them in all the slots.


The challenge debuted in Philippines, where the final nine battled it out. The race was tight the entire time between Michael Skupin and Pete Yurkowski, but Michael managed to finish first, winning individual immunity for the first time.

In Cagayan, the final seven battled it out for a spot in the top six. After leading for almost the entire challenge, Tasha Fox won her third immunity in a row, with Woo Hwang trailing behind her the entire time.

The challenge appeared again as the final eight Immunity Challenge in San Juan del Sur where it was nearly identical to the one in Philippines, with exception of a small rise added at the end of the paddle. Jon Misch took the early lead, but Keith Nale was able to catch up and eventually overtake Jon to win immunity.

In Millennials vs. Gen X, the challenge was adapted to a tribal challenge for immunity. After the Ikabula tribe finished first, Michaela Bradshaw openly coached Vanua to a second-place finish, sending the Takali tribe to Tribal Council.

The challenge appeared again as the first Immunity Challenge of Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. In this version, each tribe was given a choice between three mazes (an obstacle maze, a rail maze, and a traditional maze) depending on the order that they reached a given point in the challenge. After a tight race, the Soko tribe finished first, and the Yawa tribe narrowly defeated Levu, sending Levu to Tribal Council.

The challenge was again used as the final eleven Immunity Challenge in David vs. Goliath, with a snake-shaped board with the three slots on different parts of the snake. Alec Merlino and Dan Rengering took the lead heading into the final portion, but Alec's ability to leap over the high-step multiple times earlier in the challenge gave him ample time to get a hang of operating the board while the others struggled, allowing him to win immunity.

This challenge made another reappearance at the final nine of Edge of Extinction. While returning to the format used in San Juan del Sur (albeit with only five slots), an advantage was gifted to Rick Devens from Edge of Extinction inhabitant David Wright that allowed Rick to discard one of his balls, meaning he only had to land four of them. His advantage would allow him to maintain a lead in the challenge, and although he had particular trouble landing his final ball, he ultimately did so to win immunity.

In Island of the Idols, the castaways retrieved rope rungs which they then used to create a rope ladder. On the second level of the tower, they had to maneuver a bag of balls on a ladder puzzle and climb up to the top level. Once at the top, they had to land two balls on a table maze. Dean Kowalski and Tommy Sheehan were neck and neck throughout the challenge, but Dean was able to edge out Tommy, Janet Carbin, and Lauren Beck in landing his final ball to win immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Little Miss Perfect"
Individual Immunity S25 michael t
Michael Skupin
"Chaos Is My Friend"
Individual Immunity S28 tasha t
Tasha Fox
San Juan del Sur
"Kind of Like Cream Cheese"
Individual Immunity S29 keith t
Keith Nale
Millennials vs. Gen X
"The Truth Works Well"
Tribal Immunity S33 bret tS33 hannah tS33 jay t
S33 michaela tS33 sunday tS33 will t
S33 chris tS33 david tS33 michelle tS33 zeke t
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"I'm Not Crazy, I'm Confident"
Tribal Immunity S35 cole tS35 desi tS35 jessica t
S35 joe tS35 mike tS35 roark t
S35 ali tS35 devon tS35 lauren t
S35 patrick tS35 ryan tS35 simone t
David vs. Goliath
"Breadth-First Search"
Individual Immunity S37 alec t
Alec Merlino
Edge of Extinction
"Blood of a Blindside"
Individual Immunity S38 rick t
Rick Devens
Island of the Idols
"Mama, Look at Me Now"
Individual Reward/Immunity S39 dean t
Dean Kowalski



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