Surfing buddies Tyler Atkins and Nathan Jolliffe have won the first series of The Amazing Race Australia! The friends, who are also models, ran a fantastic race, proving from the beginning that they were the team to beat. Their luck started during last night’s durian-cutting challenge in Singapore, where as the first team to cut into a coloured durian (with some help from their trusty beanies to protect their hands) they had a considerable lead ahead of models Sam Schoers and Renae Wauhop, and father-son team Jeff and Luke Downes.
Keep reading for more of their win . . .
For the Detour they chose the Dare option, which saw them walking across a tightrope between two high-rise towers in Singapore at more than 200m above the ground! Nathan once again conquered his fear of heights, and once they were on solid ground they had their fortunes read by a Taoist fortune teller (Nathan was told that he’d make a lot of money — a fitting prediction!) before riding the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel multiple times. Upon finding the clue, they flew back to Perth, Australia, where they made their way to Fremantle Prison and had to find their next clue box out of a 100 cells.
The challenge that stumped all the teams was the final Roadblock, in which one team member had to arrange the flags of the countries they had visited during the Amazing Race in the correct order. Without the help of their partners, Nathan, Sam and Luke used trial and error to order their flags, all noting that despite what they had learned about each country they visited, they hadn’t thought to take notice of the national flags.
In the end it was Nathan who arranged his flags correctly first, so he and Tyler quickly made their way to Heirisson Island for the finish line, where they were greeted by host Grant Bowler and the previously-eliminated teams. The boys said that the whole experience had strengthened their friendship, with Tyler adding, “Winning the race or not I’m so thrilled and grateful to have had the opportunity to go on The Amazing Race Australia with Nathan. We experienced things I never even knew existed.” As to how they’ll be spending some of their $250,000 prize? Nathan plans to use some money for a deposit for a unit, while Tyler wants to buy land in Bali.
Sam and Renae finished in second place, with Jeff and Luke coming third.
Congrats to all teams on a race that was “beautifully-run” (in the words of Grant). Remember that if you think you’ve got what it takes to compete in the second series for 2012, applications are open!