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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 t.pngS13 candice t.pngS13 jessica t.png
S13 jonathan t.pngS13 ozzy t.pngS13 sundra t.pngS13 yul t.png
"The Sounds of Jungle Love"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S16 amanda t.pngS16 ami t.pngS16 cirie t.png
S16 eliza t.pngS16 james t.pngS16 jonathan t.png
S16 ozzy t.pngS16 parvati t.pngS16 yauman t.png
Redemption Island
"You Own My Vote"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S22 david t.pngS22 julie t.pngS22 krista t.png
S22 mike t.pngS22 ralph t.pngS22 russell t.png
S22 sarita t.pngS22 stephanie t.pngS22 steve t.png
"Kill or Be Killed"
Tribal Immunity S26 andrea t.pngS26 brandon t.pngS26 brenda t.png
S26 cochran t.pngS26 corinne t.pngS26 dawn t.png
S26 erik t.pngS26 malcolm t.pngS26 phillip t.png
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Love Goggles"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S33 bret t.pngS33 cece t.pngS33 chris t.png
S33 david t.pngS33 jessica t.pngS33 ken t.png
S33 lucy t.pngS33 paul t.pngS33 sunday t.png




Recurring Challenges
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