Smash and Grab (also known as Smash, Grab, Smash and The Ocean) is a tribal challenge that originated in Survivor: Cook Islands, and has since been used in Micronesia, Redemption Island, Caramoan, and Millennials vs. Gen X.


A given number of tribe-members must swim out to a platform and climb up to a high platform. They take a club and jump out over the water, attempting to smash a tile which holds a key. Upon retrieving the key, they return to shore and the next contestant begins the circuit. Once all keys have been retrieved, the remaining tribemates use the keys to unlock a box and complete the final phase of the challenge: either a puzzle or a carnival throwing-game.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: Cook Islands as a Reward Challenge. Three tribe members retrieved six keys (each was contestant required to collect at least one key each), whilst the remaining two solved the final puzzle depicting a map of the world. Aitutaki won the challenge, receiving items they had selected from a catalogue (bread, potatoes, and peanut butter).

The same format was used in Survivor: Micronesia, although the challenge was a combined Reward/Immunity Challenge. Five tribe-mates retrieved one key each, one person unlocked the chest, and the remaining three contestants solved the puzzle (a map of Micronesia). Malakal won the challenge, gaining immunity, fishing supplies, and a bamboo boat.

In Survivor: Redemption Island, the last phase was changed to a carnival game and the challenge was renamed Smash, Grab, Smash. Five contestants retrieved keys, one unlocked the chest, whilst the remaining two used balls contained in the chest to smash five tiles. Zapatera won the challenge, gaining immunity and reward (fishing gear).

Survivor: Caramoan saw five castaways retrieving keys and the remaining two unlocking the chest and using the sandbags contained within to knock over a row of stacked blocks. Bikal won the challenge, and immunity.

In Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, the contestants had to swim out one by one to a netted ramp, jump off to grab one of five keys, and use them to unlock a crate containing diving goggles. Using those, contestants must take turns diving into the water to untie and retrieve five rings. After the rings are collected, they must be tossed around five poles to win immunity. Takali initially fell behind after David Wright's poor performance retrieving his key. However, they were able to catch up on the ring tossing segment to win against Vanua.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
Cook Islands
"Why Aren't You Swimming?!"
Tribal Reward S13 becky tS13 candice tS13 jessica t
S13 jonathan tS13 ozzy tS13 sundra tS13 yul t
"The Sounds of Jungle Love"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S16 amanda tS16 ami tS16 cirie t
S16 eliza tS16 james tS16 jonathan t
S16 ozzy tS16 parvati tS16 yauman t
Redemption Island
"You Own My Vote"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S22 david tS22 julie tS22 krista t
S22 mike tS22 ralph tS22 russell t
S22 sarita tS22 stephanie tS22 steve t
"Kill or Be Killed"
Tribal Immunity S26 andrea tS26 brandon tS26 brenda t
S26 cochran tS26 corinne tS26 dawn t
S26 erik tS26 malcolm tS26 phillip t
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Love Goggles"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S33 bret tS33 cece tS33 chris t
S33 david tS33 jessica tS33 ken t
S33 lucy tS33 paul tS33 sunday t




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