Tyson Apostol is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Blood vs. Water. He previously appeared on Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. He later competed on Survivor: Winners at War.

In Tocantins, Tyson was known for his acid-tongued confessionals, silly antics, and being Coach Wade's sidekick. He developed a rivalry with Sierra Reed, constantly tormenting her at every opportunity. However, he was also a fierce competitor in challenges and a central member of the Timbira Alliance. His status as a physical threat would eventually result in his blindside.

In Heroes vs. Villains, Tyson competed as a Villain, joining the majority Villains alliance. However, he famously became the victim of a ploy by Parvati Shallow and Russell Hantz which resulted in his effectively voting himself out of the game.

In Blood vs. Water, Tyson matured into a powerhouse strategist. He found two Hidden Immunity Idols and formed strong bonds with Gervase Peterson and Monica Culpepper. After blindsiding brothers Aras Baskauskas and Vytas Baskauskas and eliminating former winner Tina Wesson, Tyson leveraged these resources to retain control of the game even in the face of determined and resourceful resistance by a minority alliance led by Ciera Eastin and Hayden Moss. After surviving a high-stakes rock draw, Tyson was able to take Monica and Gervase to the end, which, combined with impressive challenge performances, enabled him to become the Sole Survivor in a 7-1-0 vote.


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Tyson Apostol (29)
Hometown: Lindon, Utah
Occupation: Professional Cyclist

Witty, charming and arrogant is how Tyson Apostol describes himself. This former pro-cyclist and swimmer believes that his natural athleticism, combined with his "life of the party" personality, will get him far in he game. His favorite movie is "The Jerk" and that's how some people just might describe him.

He compares his game strategy to that of some of the most entertaining castaways to ever play the game. Much like them, he is willing to do almost anything to win one million dollars, including implementing the use of lies and deceit to feed off the "emotional weakness" of the other castaways. A Brigham Young University drop-out, he is actually very well traveled and skilled in street smarts, previously spending two years in the Philippines as a Mormon missionary, in addition to six years as a cyclist in Switzerland, Belgium and Austria.

In many ways Tyson can be brash, egotistical and unapologetic but, oddly enough, he has no tolerance for "know-it-alls" or individuals who lack common courtesy. In addition to, as he describes it, "looking awesome," his favorite hobbies are exercising and sunbathing. If he becomes the next Sole Survivor, he plans to use all of the money for selfish purposes, starting with "the most smoking motorcycle around."

Tyson currently resides in Heber City, Utah and his birthday is June 17.[1]

Tyson Apostol (30)

Tribe: Villains
Hometown: Lindon, Utah
Current Residence: Heber City, Utah
Personal Claim To Fame: "College drop out, ex-pro cyclist, never had a real job... I guess I'm good at quitting."
Inspiration in Life: "My parents, without them I could be dead. I'd at least be homeless and starving."
Previous Finishes: Tocantins: 8th out, 2nd Jury Member
Favorite Past Moment: "My hilarious confessionals."
Previous Survivor He Respects Most: "Myself."
Previous Survivor He Respects Least: "Narrowed down to just one? That's impossible!"
Why Did He Come Back? : "Free tropical island getaway, an excuse to not brush my teeth and the potential of a fat pay check... as long as we get paid in diamonds and gold instead of US dollars."[2]

Name (Age): Tyson Apostol (34)
Tribe Designation: Returning Player
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Rachel's Boyfriend
Previous Season: Survivor: Tocantins – 2nd jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 6th voted out
Current Residence: Provo, Utah
Occupation: Former Pro Cyclist/Shop Manager
Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? I returned to Survivor to play with my loved one so we could make some sweet cash, have a rad experience and an excuse to take all life's responsibilities off for a couple months.[3]

Hometown: Lindon, Utah
Current residence: Mesa, Arizona
Previous seasons: Survivor: Tocantins (Season 18), Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Season 20), Winner of Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Season 27)
Occupation: Son, husband, father, friend. In a different order though.
Hobbies: Dadding, pickleball, mountain biking, and watching TV.
Pet peeves: Inefficiency, other know-it-alls, and inconsiderateness.
When did you first watch Survivor? When I was familiarizing myself with the game right before the first season I played (Season 18). I haven't missed any episodes other than those on seasons I was on after my vote out, because I'm petty.
Do you still watch Survivor? Of course.
Who is your inspiration in life? My daughters. If I could get as excited at anything as they do about a passing airplane or the moon I'd be crushing life.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? Survivor has afforded me the luxury of spending lots of time with my kids. For which I will always be grateful.
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? Opened lots of doors to pursue many different interests. Met many lifelong friends and gave me something to focus on every single moment my brain has some downtime.
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? I'm honestly honored and proud to be a part of such a milestone. I would have been secretly a bit hurt had I not been included even though I'd pretend not to care.
How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons? I think players will be watching for a sarcastic, cutting, almost aggressive personality who steals food. I'll have to make it SEEM like I am none of those or like I have chilled out a bit, because I have... or have I?[4]



Tyson was initially placed on the Timbira tribe before his arrival for Survivor: Tocantins. In the first six days, Tyson stuck with the majority of the tribe, forming a particular alliance with Coach Wade, who dubbed Tyson his "assistant coach". At Timbira's first Tribal Council on Day 6, Tyson joined the rest of the tribe in voting out Candace Smith. On Day 9, Coach and Tyson wanted to blindside Erinn Lobdell instead of voting out the sick Jerry Sims. However, the rest of the tribe disagreed and voted out Jerry.

After Timbira merged with Jalapao to form the Forza tribe on Day 19, Tyson won the first individual Immunity Challenge by outlasting former tribemate Debbie Beebe, though Tribal Council was canceled as Joe Dowdle was medically evacuated. Tyson went on to win the following Immunity Challenge as well. Coach and Tyson aligned with Stephen Fishbach, J.T. Thomas, and Debbie to form the Warrior Alliance, who blindsided Brendan Synnott with Erinn and Taj Johnson-George's cooperation.

On Day 27, Sierra Reed, whom Tyson disliked and openly antagonized, was the target after narrowly losing the Immunity Challenge to Debbie. However, J.T. and Stephen joined the other group, who decided that Tyson was more of a threat than Sierra, and Tyson was blindsided 5-3, pleasing Sierra, but shocking Coach and Debbie.

At the Final Tribal Council, Tyson asked JT and Stephen how they helped each other. He, along with the rest of the jury, voted for J.T. to win.

Voting History

Tyson's Voting History
Episode Tyson's
Voted Against
1 Timbira Tribe Immune
2 Candace -
3 Jerry -
4 Timbira Tribe Immune
5 Timbira Tribe Immune
7 Timbira Tribe Immune
8 No Tribal Council1
9 Sierra Individual Immunity
10 Sierra Erinn, J.T., Sierra,
Stephen, Taj
Voted Out, Day 27
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In The Dragon Slayer, Tyson won the Immunity Challenge, but his immunity was voided due to Joe's medical evacuation.

Heroes vs. Villains

Tyson returned for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and was initially placed on the Villains tribe. The Villains dominated the initial Immunity Challenges, only losing once on Day 8, after which the tribe unanimously voted out Randy Bailey. After forming an alliance with Jerri Manthey and fellow Tocantins returnee Coach Wade, Tyson appeared to be safe after joining the alliance of Rob Mariano, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Courtney Yates, along with Coach and Jerri. This group held a majority over the bloc of Russell Hantz, Parvati Shallow, and Danielle DiLorenzo.

On Day 15, both the Heroes and Villains had to vote someone out after the Immunity Challenge in a Double Tribal Council. Rob knew that Russell had a Hidden Immunity Idol, so he directed his alliance to split their votes; thus, if Russell gave the idol to Parvati to play, then Russell would be eliminated, and if instead Russell played the idol himself, Parvati would be eliminated.

Anticipating that Parvati and Danielle might vote for Russell in an attempt to save themselves, and believing that Russell would not risk being eliminated by his own idol, Tyson deviated from the plan at the last moment, voting for Parvati at Tribal Council. After Russell gave Parvati the Hidden Immunity Idol and she played it, Tyson was eliminated by a vote of 3-2-0 (had Tyson stuck to the vote-splitting plan, he and Russell would have tied 3-3, and Russell would presumably have been eliminated by the majority alliance on the revote.) Tyson was the sixth castaway and the second Villain to be voted out of the game. Tyson's essentially voting himself out of the game has been called one of the dumbest moves in Survivor history. He realized that he cost himself the game upon exiting, but then claimed that he is "still pretty awesome".

Voting History

Tyson's Voting History
Episode Tyson's
Voted Against
1 Villains Tribe Immune
2 Villains Tribe Immune
3 Randy -
4 Villains Tribe Immune
5 Villains Tribe Immune
6 Parvati1 Danielle,
Parvati, Russell
Voted Out, Day 15

^1 In Banana Etiquette, Parvati used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Tyson's vote against her.

Blood vs. Water

Tyson was one again returned for Survivor: Blood vs. Water to play with his girlfriend, Rachel Foulger. Tyson was initially placed on the Galang tribe with the other returning players. After both tribes were forced to vote somebody out immediately during the First Impressions vote on Day 1, Tyson voted for Laura Morett, but Candice Cody voted out by the majority. Tadhana voted out Laura Boneham, and Rupert Boneham elected to swap places with his wife, resulting in Laura B. joining Galang and both Candice and Rupert being sent to Redemption Island.

In the first few days, the tribe unified in their distrust towards Colton Cumbie. Tyson formed the Galang Alliance with Tina Wesson, Gervase Peterson, Monica Culpepper, and Aras Baskauskas, which agreed not to discuss any strategy with Colton. Rachel, despite being confident in her ability to play the game on her own, found herself being an outsider against the dominant Five Guys Alliance on Tadhana, although she did seem to have an alliance of her own with John Cody, who was in that alliance. However, Vytas Baskauskas thought that if Rachel was sent to Redemption Island, Tyson would switch places with her, which would weaken Galang, so Rachel was voted out on Day 6. On Day 7, before Rachel, Candice, and Marissa Peterson competed in the duel, Colton quit the game and Tyson called out Brad Culpepper for leading the charge in Rachel's elimination. Tyson was given the opportunity to take Rachel's place and he told Rachel that it was up to her. Rachel assumed that Tyson was in a comfortable position in his tribe and that felt he needed to stay on his tribe, especially since that would foil the reasons why Rachel was voted out in the first place. However, Rachel lost the duel and was eliminated from the game. Even though Rachel reassured him that she enjoyed her time in the game, Tyson was very upset about her losing and felt it necessary to get to the end, otherwise, he would regret not switching with her.

Galang only lost once, on Day 13, after which Tyson and his alliance decided to vote out the fierce challenge competitor Laura M. over the outsider who struggled to fit in, Laura B., hoping that Laura M. would beat Brad on Redemption Island to assure that Monica would trust in them before anyone else. During this time, Tyson grew closer to Gervase as they shared in a secret location where they ate coconuts without the rest of the tribe knowing (referring to themselves as "Coconut Bandits") and Tyson became weary of Aras, who was in control of the alliance and the tribe, and who appeared to be a threat to win. The tribe switch on Day 14 saw Aras, Gervase, and Tyson get switched over to Tadhana where they joined Caleb Bankston, Ciera Eastin, and Hayden Moss. Caleb and Hayden told the returning players about the Hidden Immunity Idol clues, and Tyson managed to get the new players and Gervase to form an alliance against Aras. On Tadhana, Tyson shifted his strategy to focus on making it look like Aras was in control and should be targeted, and by eating as much food as he could.

When the tribes merged into the Kasama tribe on Day 19 following Laura M.'s re-entry to the game, Tyson immediately found the Hidden Immunity Idol using the information he was given earlier by Caleb and Hayden, and Tyson recruited Monica into the plan against blindsiding Aras, and those two, along with post-swap Tadhana and Laura M., successfully blindsided Aras on Day 21, leaving Tina, Vytas, and Katie Collins on the outs. The outsiders were not happy with Tyson, with Tina saying that Tyson had lost their jury votes and both Vytas and Tina voted against Tyson at the Tribal Councils in which they were sent to Redemption Island. With only Katie left, Tyson felt that the last couple left, Ciera and Laura M., needed to be split up as well and led the blindside against Laura M. on Day 26.

At this point, Tyson felt a bit comfortable, to the point where he opted out of the Day 29 Immunity Challenge to eat instead of competing. Hayden, Katie, and Caleb formed a plan to get rid of Tyson but after telling Ciera, Ciera informed Tyson, which solidified a final four alliance between Tyson, Ciera, Monica, and Gervase. Hayden and Caleb found out that Ciera told Tyson the plan so they tried to convince Tyson to vote out Ciera, but Tyson decided he trusted Caleb and Hayden less and opted to vote out Caleb, viewing him as a likely candidate to win the jury vote. Tyson did not feel comfortable going into that vote so he decided to play his Hidden Immunity Idol, but he ended up wasting it.

After wasting his idol and Hayden announcing to the tribe that Tyson would beat any of them in the final three, Tyson felt uneasy about where he stood in the game. Luckily for him, Laura M. won the duel on Day 30 and gave a clue to the location of the re-hidden idol to Ciera, who shared the information with Tyson. Tyson found the Hidden Immunity Idol and was relieved again, saying, "Now, I can take a nap. I wasn't going to be able to nap unless I found that idol". However, at the Day 32 Tribal Council, all the drama that came out of the conversation convinced Ciera to renege her alliance with Tyson, Monica, and Gervase, forcing a 3-3 initial vote and a 2-2 revote. Tyson, Ciera, and Katie were forced to draw rocks, and Katie drew the white rock, sending her out of the game. Tyson hugged her on the way out, complimenting her on making a bold move, but then Tyson's trademark "sarcastic jerk" side showed when he followed that up with, "that's your seat over there" as he pointed towards the jury section.

Despite many attempts to convince Monica that she needed to make a big move against Tyson, the alliance of Tyson, Monica, and Gervase stayed strong for the remainder of the game, voting out Hayden, Ciera, and Tina (who came back from Redemption Island on Day 36). Tyson also won the last two individual Immunity Challenges, though Monica was upset with Tyson when he used his idol on Gervase at the Day 37 Tribal Council since it showed a lack of trust in her.

At the Final Tribal Council, Tyson explained that he did not play with any malice and that he just wanted to play hard and avenge Rachel's elimination. He also apologized to Katie for the rude comment he made to her. Due to his intentions for playing the game the way he did, being in control most of the time, and playing hard, the entire jury aside from Vytas voted for Tyson to win the title of Sole Survivor over Monica and Gervase, who finished in second and third place respectively.

Voting History

Tyson's Voting History
Episode Tyson's
Voted Against
1 Laura M. -
Galang Tribe Immune
2 Galang Tribe Immune
3 Galang Tribe Immune
4 Galang Tribe Immune
5 Laura M. -
6 Tadhana Tribe Immune
7 Tadhana Tribe Immune
8 Aras -
9 Vytas Vytas
Tina Tina
10 Laura M. -
11 Caleb -1
12 Hayden;
13 Hayden -
14 Ciera Individual Immunity
Tina Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Tyson
Aras, Caleb, Ciera, Hayden,
Katie, Laura M., Tina
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In Gloves Come Off, Tyson used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him.
^2 In Rustle Feathers, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Hayden and Monica, forcing a revote. Tyson did not change his vote on the revote.

Winners at War

Voting History

Tyson's Voting History
Episode Tyson's
Voted Against
1 Dakal Tribe Immune
Amber -
2 Dakal Tribe Immune
3 Dakal Tribe Immune
4 Nick Kim, Sandra, Sarah,
Sophie, Tony, Wendell, Yul
Voted Out, Day 11
5 On Edge of Extinction


'The Star Wars That I Used To Know' - Gotye 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Parody

'The Star Wars That I Used To Know' - Gotye 'Somebody That I Used To Know' Parody

  • On January 9, 2010, Tyson attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of his Heroes vs. Villains cast mates.[5]
  • At the Heroes vs. Villains Reunion Show, Tyson was nominated for the "Dumbest Move in Survivor History" for switching his vote to Parvati Shallow, who played a Hidden Immunity Idol, causing himself to be voted out of the game. Tyson lost to his fellow Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains castmate J.T. Thomas.
  • Tyson worked with Teddie Films to make a parody of the hit song by Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" called "The Star Wars That I Used to Know" which was released on June 27, 2012. Tyson played Darth Vader in the video.

Tyson and Rachel on their wedding day.

  • Tyson and Rachel appeared on Marriage Boot Camp where Tyson proposed.[6]
  • Tyson married Rachel in 2015. Tyson's former Tocantins castmate Stephen Fishbach officiated the ceremony.[7][8]
    • In June 2015, they welcomed their daughter, Bergen Rose. There were complications that resulted in a C-Section.[9]
      • On July 5, 2018, Tyson and Rachel welcomed their second daughter, Marlowe Maeve.[10][11]
  • Tyson and Rachel attended Stephen Fishbach's wedding on June 9, 2018.[12]


  • Tyson is the youngest male castaway on the Timbira and Villains tribes.
  • Tyson is left-handed and speaks Filipino.[13]
  • Tyson lost 12-14 lbs. during his time in Tocantins.[14]
  • Tyson is the first male castaway to be voted out as a result of a successful use of a Hidden Immunity Idol.
  • Tyson was considered for Caramoan, but was cut due to the season taking a "different casting direction".
  • Tyson's 34th birthday was on Day 29 of Blood vs. Water.
  • Tyson is the first person to participate in a rock drawing tiebreaker as a returning player.
  • Tyson is one of five castaways to finish the game as a finalist, a juror, and pre-juror. The other four are Stephenie LaGrossa, Colby Donaldson, Tina Wesson, and J.T. Thomas.
    • Both Tyson and Tina won as finalists and both completed their trifecta in Blood vs. Water.
    • Tyson is the only one of the five to have completed his trifecta as a finalist.
  • Tyson is the only castaway to have played in seasons featuring Exile Island, Redemption Island, and the Edge of Extinction.
    • Despite two of his seasons featuring Exile Island and Redemption Island, Tyson has never experienced either twist, having never been sent to either.
  • Tyson is one of five castaways to have played at least three times and their tribe won the first Immunity Challenge each time. The others are Coach Wade, Joe Anglim, Amber Mariano, and Sarah Lacina.
  • Every time Tyson has played, he attended exactly two pre-merge Tribal Councils.
  • Tyson is the first player to purchase food with a Fire Token.


Preceded by
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John Cochran
Sole Survivor Titleholder
Blood vs. Water
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Tyson Apostol
Succeeded by
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Tony Vlachos
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