Matthew von Ertfelda - Survivor: The Amazon
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Seasons: 1 | Days: 39 | Wins: 0 | Final Two: 1

Survivor: The Amazon (2003) - 2nd place, one jury vote.

  • Received 1 jury vote to finish second (6-1) in Episode 13, "...And Then There Were Four" (Day 39).

Matthew von Ertfelda - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S6: The Amazon 4.64 12.93 0.36 10 6 11 0.90 2.55 1 7 0.14 1.40 8.05
Career 4.64 12.93 0.36 10 6 11 0.90 2.55 1 7 0.14 1.40 8.05
Matthew von Ertfelda - Challenge record
  • S6 logo The Amazon challenges
    Unchained - Ep1 IC
    Total Recall - Ep2 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (4-for-11):

    • The Amazon Ep. 1 IC: "Unchained" - Helps decode the message, but Tambaqui falls behind on the beam, loses.
    • The Amazon Ep. 2 RC: "Flip Out" - Blindfolded, grabs planks, but Tambaqui loses again.
    • The Amazon Ep. 2 IC: "Total Recall" - Answers one question correctly, and Tambaqui wins, 6-4.
    • The Amazon Ep. 3 RC: "Matchmaker" - Shown making a match, but Tambaqui loses, 18-14.
    • The Amazon Ep. 3 IC: "The Great Escape" - The women prove superior at escaping a crate; Tambaqui loses.
    • The Amazon Ep. 4 RC: "Light My Fire" - The men, however, are better at shielding a fire; Tambaqui wins.
    • The Amazon Ep. 4 IC: "Gone Fishin'" - Matt catches fish, and Tambaqui wins.
    • The Amazon Ep. 5 IC: "Up the Creek" - Now with new Jaburu, and Jaburu wins.
    • The Amazon Ep. 6 RC: "Log Jam" - Beats Roger, but loses to Butch; Jaburu loses, 5-4.
    • The Amazon Ep. 6 IC: "Piranha Feast" - Gnaws some meat, but Jaburu loses again.
    • The Amazon Ep. 8 RC: "Mud Bungee" - With Heidi and Jenna, the second-place team in the team portion.


    Paddle - Ep11 RC
    Out on a Limb - Ep12 IC

    Individual challenge record (4-for-11): (Mean % Finish: 71.3%)

    • The Amazon Ep. 7 IC: "Perch" - Lasts 1 hr, 51 minutes; jumps to share wings with Dave (4th/10).
    • The Amazon Ep. 8 IC: "Face Off" - Gets both questions right, but targeted first (9th/9).
    • The Amazon Ep. 9 RC: "Weapons" - Top score in first rounds, edged by Alex in round 3 (2nd/8).
    • The Amazon Ep. 9 IC: "Amazon Menu" - An eating machine, and Matt wins! (1st/8).
    • The Amazon Ep. 10 IC: "Touchy Subjects" - Part of the 5-way tie for second (tie-2nd/7).
    • The Amazon Ep. 11 RC: "Paddle" - First to the paddling and the puzzle, and Matt wins! (1st/6).
    • The Amazon Ep. 11 IC: "Shoot 'n' Shuffle" - Gets one puck, does not win (tie-2nd/6).
    • The Amazon Ep. 12 RC: "Try Again" - Passes Rob on the decoding, and Matt wins (1st/5).
    • The Amazon Ep. 12 IC: "Out on a Limb" - Finishes two feathers ahead of the rest, Matt wins (1st/5).
    • The Amazon Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Braille Maze" - Finishes just behind Jenna (2nd/4).
    • The Amazon Ep. 13 F3 IC: "Will Power" - Suspiciously drops out, really quickly (3rd/3).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • The Amazon: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 4
    Played: 11
    Win%: 0.36
    Sat out: --
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 4
    Played: 11
    Win%: 0.36
    Mean% Finish: 71.3%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Matthew von Ertfelda - Tribal Council record
  • S6 logo The Amazon Tribal
    Ep.11 Tribal Council
    Final 3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • The Amazon: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (10/11*):


    VAP - Votes against (6):

    • The Amazon, Ep. 6: Two votes, from Alex and Shawna.
    • The Amazon, Ep. 8: One vote, from Dave.
    • The Amazon, Ep. 10: Three votes, from Jenna, Heidi, and Alex.


    Jury votes received (1/7):

    • The Amazon, Ep. 13: Received one jury vote, from Butch Lockley, to finish second (6-1).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 10
    Tribals: 11
    VAP: 6
  • Jury votes
    Made: --
    Received: 1
    Total jurors: 7
Matthew von Ertfelda - Pictures
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Matthew von Ertfelda - Interviews
Matthew von Ertfelda - Bio
  • S6 logo The Amazon bio

    From his official CBS Survivor: The Amazon cast bio page:


    "Born in Hong Kong, Matthew Von Ertfelda has traveled all over the world. He was raised on a horse farm in Massachusetts and attended Middlesex School where he graduated with honors and served as co-captain of the football team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in New York. In addition, he attended the Taipei Language Institute where he studied Mandarin Chinese. He also holds a culinary diploma with honors from L'Ecole de Gastronomie Française Ritz-Escoffier in Paris. Von Ertfelda currently designs restaurants and bars for a global lodging company. He has previously worked as a restaurant and bar developer in Hong Kong, a print model in Asia and a chef's apprentice/cook in Paris.


    Von Ertfelda enjoys screenwriting, foreign language study, cooking, rock and ice climbing, weight lifting and hardcore adventure. In 1994, he successfully crossed the Darien Gap, a storied stretch of jungle linking Panama and Colombia. In the summer of 1998, he organized a deep jungle trek into unmapped areas of New Guinea to track cannibals. He dove for sunken treasure off Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands and participated in Earthwatch research expeditions to St. Croix and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. In the past, he has also competed in sprint triathlons and marathons.


    In 2002, Von Ertfelda was listed as one of People Magazine's Top 50 Bachelors. He describes himself as unique, multi-faceted, hardworking, mentally and physically strong and tenacious. He credits his older brother, Eric (a bodybuilder and writer), with teaching him respect and humility at a very early age. If Von Ertfelda could hold political office, he would like to be Director of the CIA because he loves the cloak & dagger operations and the inherent risks. If he wins the $1 million, he will buy a bottle of 1929 Chateau d'Yquem to share with close family and friends. Von Ertfelda's favorite quote is "The things you regret most in life are the risks you didn't take."


    Currently single, Von Ertfelda resides in Washington, D.C., with his vivacious fish, Reggie. His birth date is July 24, 1969."