Erik Cardona - Survivor: Samoa
Erik Cardona on social media: Instagram
Seasons: 1 | Days: 21 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

Survivor: Samoa (2009) - 12th place, 9th out - 1st juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 8, "All Hell Breaks Loose" (Day 21).

Erik Cardona - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall scores
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S19: Samoa 0.94 2.40 0.39 1 10 2 0.27 1.00 - - - 0.67 1.94
Career 0.94 2.40 0.39 1 10 2 0.27 1.00 - - - 0.67 1.94
Erik Cardona - Challenge record
  • S19 logo Samoa challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Canoe Dueling - Ep7 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-8; 1 sit-out):

    • Samoa Ep.1 IC: "Yank Your Hank" - Crosses barriers, hauls the crate; Galu wins.
    • Samoa Ep.2 RC/IC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Flattens Borassi, scores a goal; Galu wins.
    • Samoa Ep.3 RC/IC: "Sea Crates" - Sits out, as Galu wins again.
    • Samoa Ep.4 IC: "Well Stacked" - Helps gather and stack blocks, but Galu loses.
    • Samoa Ep. 5 RC: "Samoa Smoothies" - Downs his smoothie (not shown), Galu wins.
    • Samoa Ep. 5 IC: "Sack Attack" - Shoots coconuts into Foa Foa's net, Galu wins.
    • [Samoa Ep. 6 RC: "Roll With It" - Russ Swan collapses, is medically evacuated. Challenge not counted.]
    • Samoa Ep.7 RC: "Brain Food" - Makes no matches, but Galu wins, 7-4.
    • Samoa Ep.7 IC: "Canoe Dueling" - Helps push/paddle the canoe, and Galu wins.


    Nut Cracker - Ep8 IC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 28.6%)

    • Samoa Ep. 8 IC: "Nut Cracker" - Aims for a homer, hits it too far (tie-5th/7).


    Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 50%)

    • Samoa Ep.1 RC: "Chief's Choice" - Hauls log bundles, but Galu loses.
    • [Samoa Ep.4 RC: "Bocce in a Box" - Does not participate; Galu wins.]
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 6
    Played: 8
    Win%: 0.75
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 1
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 28.6%
  • Hero challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 1
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 50%
Erik Cardona - Tribal Council record
  • S19 logo Samoa Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep4 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (1/0):

    • Samoa, Ep. 4: Using Shambo's clue, searches Galu trees while Shambo, Dave, and Russ are away at the RC, finds Galu's idol (Day 9).
    • Samoa, Ep. 8: Voted out without playing his idol (Day 21).


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/2):


    VAP - Votes against (10):

    • Samoa, Ep. 8: Ten votes, from Brett, Dave, Jaison, John, Kelly, Laura, Mick, Monica, Natalie, and Russell (voted out, 10-2).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 1
    Tribals: 2
    VAP: 10
  • Jury votes
    Made: 1
    For winners: 1
    Received: --
Erik Cardona - Pictures
  • S19 logo Samoa image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
Erik Cardona - Interviews
  • S19 logo Samoa interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (9/17/09): "Erik Cardona: 'I'm going to be fulfilling a boyhood dream to be a con man out here'"
    • CBS "Meet the cast" video (YouTube)


    Post-game interviews

    • Peter Larsen for the Orange County Register (11/6/09): "Booted Survivor contestant Erik Cardona never saw it coming"
    • Dalton Ross at (11/19/20): "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Erik Cardona shares the show's grossest story ever"
Erik Cardona - Bio
  • S19 logo Samoa bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Official Survivor: Samoa bio page excerpts (8/27/09):


    "Proud womanizer, Erik claims that he can date four to five women at the same time without any issues. He has no qualms about chasing after a taken woman (as long as she is not married) just for the fun of the chase. He says, “There’s nothing sweeter than taking another man’s goods.” His top hobby is skirt chasing. Even though he can be found chasing multiple women at once, he says that he does have a special female in his life … his dog, Adrian.


    Erik holds two degrees from Pepperdine University in Psychology and Sociology but has chosen a career as a bartender. When asked why he has chosen that specific career route, he explains that he likes waking up around 10:00 a.m. and running on the beach instead of being stuck pencil-pushing in a cubicle. He says that he enjoys life while the “sell-outs” do not. 


    He greatly admires his father because he has sacrificed everything in life for him. In raising him, Erik observed his father’s mental and physical strength as well as endurance for raising an active boy. He feels that his father’s example has provided him with tools that will help him win this game. In addition to his father’s influence, Erik is self-motivated by his competitive nature and desire to prove to himself that he has what it takes to be the next Sole Survivor.


    Currently, Erik resides in Los Angeles, Calif. His birth date is April 13th."