Ryan "Ryno" Opray is a contestant from Survivor: Pearl Islands.
A member of the ill-fated Morgan tribe, Ryan laid low until his closest ally Andrew Savage was blindsided at the merge. His attempts to save himself failed, and he was voted out at the following Tribal Council.
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Born in Redwood City, California, Ryan Opray is currently single and living in Los Gatos, Calif. He works as an apprentice electrician. He previously worked as a traffic signal technician, motorcycle suspension mechanic and warehouse stockperson. He attended West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, California, and then attended Local 332 Joint Apprenticeship Training School in San Jose, Calif. His favorite hobbies include motocross and weight lifting. He describes himself as funny, aggressive and clever. He's most proud of having had many jobs and adapting to each one. He has a 20-year-old cat named Stanley. His hero is motocross icon David Bailey who suffered a career-ending injury but kept his spirits up and continued on with his life. He feels he's up for the challenge of Survivor: Pearl Islands because of his strength and ability to build things. His birth date is August 6, 1972.
Ryan O. was placed on the Morgan tribe. Due to a twist at the start of the game, the tribes would only be given the clothes on their backs and a spare pair of shoes. They were given 100 Panamanian Balboas to garner supplies at a local market. Ryan O. went ahead of his tribe to scout out the village. However, the Morgan tribe had difficulty at the market due to the language barrier and disorganization, whereas the Drake tribe prospered because of Sandra Diaz-Twine's ability to speak Spanish. The dysfunction did not end at the market, as the tribe's attempts to make shelter failed. During the first Immunity Challenge of the season, most of the tribe stripped naked to accommodate Osten Taylor, whose shorts kept falling down. Despite their efforts and show of solidarity, Morgan narrowly lost the challenge and faced Tribal Council. Andrew Savage learned from Lillian Morris that Nicole Delma was targeting Tijuana Bradley. Nicole was thus deemed untrustworthy and causing too much drama, so she was unanimously voted out.
Unfortunately, Morgan would go on a losing streak and was also heavily looted by the Drake tribe after losing several Reward Challenges. When Morgan lost immunity again on Day 6, Osten asked to be voted out. However, Ryan Shoulders was voted out for being the weakest member of the tribe. A shocked Lillian tried to prove her worth by going out to fish. However, she lost the tribe's fishing hook, annoying Ryan O., who would have gone fishing with Lillian had she waited. After losing immunity again, the vote came down to the hard-working Lillian or the athletic Darrah Johnson. In the end, Lillian was unanimously voted out.
The tribe lost reward again and Trish Dunn took the tribe's lantern for Drake. However, things took a turn for the better when Morgan finally won immunity. They were also given the right to kidnap one of Drake's members and quickly picked Rupert Boneham. With Rupert's outdoor expertise, camp life at Morgan improved significantly. Ryan O. commented that the best thing Morgan had done was get their hands on Rupert. With Rupert temporarily on their roster, Morgan also won its first Reward Challenge for a functional shower before Rupert returned to Drake. The next Immunity Challenge was a gross smoothie drinking contest, in which Ryan O. went up twice, helping Morgan win its third challenge in a row. Back at camp, a pelican came into came and started messing with the flag. Ryan O. jokingly challenged the pelican. He petted it and called it Pelican Pete. The pelican followed Ryan O. into the shelter, much to Osten's dismay. However, Ryan O. led the pelican away when Osten threatened to chop off the bird's head. Ryan O. was irritated by Osten's hostility toward the pelican and believed that he was afraid of it. After Morgan lost the following Reward Challenge for a barbecue, Jon Dalton was sent as the looter for Drake. Although he appeared humble at first, Jon claimed that Drake threw the first challenge Morgan won just to vote out Burton Roberts, which the tribe dismissed as a farce. Ryan O. and Andrew then won the Immunity Challenge for Morgan, evening the numbers 5-5.
At the tribes' next challenge on Day 19, everyone was shocked when host Jeff Probst revealed that the first six people that were voted out had returned. If The Outcasts won, both tribes would go to Tribal Council and vote someone out. The Outcasts would then vote two people in to replace the members lost. Morgan struggled in the challenge, and the Outcasts ultimately won. Osten wanted to be voted out because he claimed he had health problems. At Tribal Council, the others complied and Osten quit the game. The Outcasts then voted Burton and Lillian back into the game. Lillian was sent back to Morgan, much to her dismay. The tribe welcomed her back in open arms, but Lillian was still wary of them. The tribes officially merged at the first individual Immunity Challenge. Ryan O. made it to the final round, but lost to Burton. With a possible tie looming, the Morgan Alliance decided to vote against Jon. However, Burton convinced Lillian to vote with the Drake Alliance and they voted out Andrew in a 6-4 vote.
With his closest ally Andrew gone, Ryan O. was aware that he was the next to go because he was the most athletic of the Morgan Alliance and was Andrew's second-in-command. Ryan O. tried to convince Burton that Drake would turn on him once he was gone. At the Reward Challenge, Ryan made it to the final round, but lost to Rupert. Ryan O. still lobbied for Rupert's ouster, or Christa Hastie's should he win immunity. At the Immunity Challenge, Ryan O. was quickly knocked out of the challenge, with Darrah and Tijuana quickly following. Ultimately, Ryan O.'s attempts to save himself failed, and he was unanimously voted out, finishing in 9th place and becoming the first jury member.
At the Final Tribal Council, Ryan O. congratulated the finalists for making it to the end. He first asked Lillian if it was fair that he voted for her over Sandra, despite the latter being in the game for the entire 39 days. Lillian said that the eight days as an Outcast was no picnic. Ryan O. then asked Sandra if she rode coattails. Sandra said that she attached herself to Rupert, who was alone, and was gone soon after the merge. Satisfied, Ryan O. voted for Sandra, who won 6-1.
|Ryan O.'s Voting History|
|4||Morgan Tribe Immune|
|5||Morgan Tribe Immune|
|6||Morgan Tribe Immune|
|9||Christa||Burton, Christa, Darrah, Jon,|
Lillian, Rupert, Sandra, Tijuana
|Voted Out, Day 24|
- Ryan O. was formerly engaged to Survivor: Micronesia contestant Mary Sartain.
- On January 9, 2010, Ryan attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
- Ryan O., alongside Survivor: Nicaragua contestant Tyrone Davis, competed in SyFy's Total Blackout. The two made it to the final round but eventually finished in second.
- Ryan originally applied for Survivor: The Australian Outback and was an alternate for Africa, Thailand, and The Amazon before being cast on Pearl Islands.
|Survivor: Pearl Islands Castaways|