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Roll With It (also known as Human Ball and Blind Barrow) is a recurring challenge in Survivor. It is most remembered as the first challenge to be outright stopped by production midway, due to an evacuation during the challenge.

Before its appearance in the United States, a non-blindfolded variation of the challenge known as Rollerball appeared in Survivor South Africa: Malaysia.


One castaway from each tribe would be strapped into a wooden spherical cage and would guide two of their blindfolded tribemates in rolling the cage through a course. At the end of the course would be a labyrinth-like table maze. The castaway inside the cage would then have to guide two or four blindfolded tribe members in solving the table maze. The first tribe to finish the table maze would win.

In David vs. Goliath, the guides rode on a driving wheel instead of being strapped in a spherical cage.


United States[]

The challenge first appeared in Samoa prior to a scheduled Double Tribal Council. Liz Kim for Foa Foa and Laura Morett for Galu were strapped in the spherical cage. Foa Foa took the lead heading into the table maze. However, when Russell Swan of Galu passed out during the final leg of the competition and was medically evacuated from the game, the challenge was ceased. This was the first time a challenge was canceled after it had started with no winner declared.

The challenge reappeared in the next season, Heroes vs. Villains. Tom Westman for the Heroes and Rob Mariano for the Villains were inside the spherical cage. The two tribes were even throughout the course, with the Villains narrowly finishing ahead to became the first winners of the challenge, sending the Heroes to their third Tribal Council.

The challenge reappeared in David vs. Goliath after a Tribe Switch. Instead of a spherical cage, the caller, Angelina Keeley for Jabeni, Gabby Pascuzzi for Tiva, and Kara Kay for Vuku, would ride on a driving wheel and have to retrieve a ball, which would be used to complete the table maze. Tiva maintained a lead throughout the challenge and easily finished first. Meanwhile, Jabeni initially fell behind on the obstacle course. However, they were able to catch up when Vuku dropped their ball in the table maze, allowing Jabeni to finish second and sending Vuku to Tribal Council.

The original version of the challenge appeared again in Survivor 43 as the final six Reward Challenge. The Gaia tribe was divided into two teams of three. The blue team led by Owen Knight held an early lead until the table maze, where despite a comeback by the red team under Cassidy Clark's guidance, the blue team finished the maze first, allowing Owen, Cody Assenmacher, and Karla Cruz Godoy to win a trip to the Survivor sanctuary.

The Survivor 43 format was reused in Survivor 44, again as the final six Reward Challenge. While the purple team of Carolyn Wiger, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, and Jaime Lynn Ruiz struggled, Carson Garrett was able to lead the orange team of himself, Lauren Harpe, and Yam Yam Arocho to a victory, winning themselves a trip to the sanctuary.

South Africa[]

A non-blindfolded prototype of the challenge first appeared in Survivor South Africa: Malaysia, where the two tribes pushed their ball through an obstacle course, stopping at stations to unlock four locks on the ball before racing across the finish line. The underdogs on Iban held a narrow lead throughout the challenge and ultimately pulled through to defeat Bajau for immunity.

In Champions, the tribes were joined by two SuperSport presenters who would each be harnessed inside the ball and act as each tribe's guide. The new Utara tribe won their only challenge and were treated to a pool party with a braai.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
"This Is the Man Test"
Tribal Reward None
Challenge canceled due to Russell Swan's evacuation
Heroes vs. Villains
"Tonight, We Make Our Move"
Tribal Immunity S20 coach tS20 courtney tS20 danielle t
S20 jerri tS20 parvati tS20 rob t
S20 russell tS20 sandra tS20 tyson t
David vs. Goliath
"Time to Bring About the Charmpocalypse"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S37 alison tS37 christian t
S37 dan tS37 gabby tS37 john t
S37 angelina tS37 lyrsa t
S37 mike tS37 natalie tS37 nick t
Survivor 43
Team Reward S43 cody tS43 karla tS43 owen t
Cody, Karla, Owen
Survivor 44
"I'm the Bandit"
Team Reward S44 carson tS44 lauren tS44 yam yam t
Carson, Lauren, Yam Yam

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Survivor Québec (2024)
Episode 29
Tribal Reward QCS2 deborah tQCS2 erick tQCS2 ghyslain t
QCS2 jeanmichel tQCS2 kassandre tQCS2 nabil tQCS2 sebastien t

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Episode 5
Tribal Immunity ZAS2 amanda tZAS2 angie t
ZAS2 dyke tZAS2 irshaad tZAS2 rijesh t
Episode 9
Tribal Reward ZAS5 david tZAS5 marian tZAS5 mark t
ZAS5 shane tZAS5 sivu tZAS5 stephen t



  • Russell Hantz is the only castaway to compete in this challenge twice.
  • This is the first, and so far only, challenge to be cancelled partway through, with neither tribe being declared as winners.


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 · Cage Against the Machine · 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 Gillespie · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Drum Roll · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · EOC · Eve 6 · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Fire Starter · Flips, Flops, & Flags · 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 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 · Mayan Pizza · 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 · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rock the Boat · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Rung O Star · 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 · Super Ramp · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Tangled Up · 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 · Total Recall · 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