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Hometown: Dublin, CA; resides in Dublin, CA
Though Jason Ewell cherishes his small town roots, he seeks out big adventures and larger thrills. While Ewell loves to be in a relationship, this avid surfer is not quite ready to settle down. He enjoys working out and playing basketball, but he's not afraid to get in touch with his more sensitive side, even if it means shedding a few tears. He's looking for a partner in crime to join him skydiving, clay shooting and traveling the country.
Ewell attended San Diego State University and currently works as a sales representative and personal trainer.
Whom did you feel most connected to during the competition?
During the competition, I felt a connection with Vanessa; it was fun spending time with someone and learning about her story and how she got to where she is. Initially there was a strong bond amongst the second group of guys, but you quickly learn everyone on the show has an interesting story to tell and each person was brought on for a reason. I'm definitely connected to every contestant in the sense that we all shared this amazing experience together.
Ultimately, are you happy the additional contestants were brought in to mix it up?
Mixed feelings regarding the additional contestants, but since I had no control over any of it at first, all I can do is go with it and make the best of the situation I'm put in.
What behavior surprised you the most from the other contestants?
At first most of the girls seemed to be in their own world, acting like it's a big party instead of attempting to genuinely get to know someone. There was also a lot of politics and scheming involved!
What was your favorite challenge and why?
My favorite challenge involved Cina and Vanessa each being shackled to me, and as a trio we had to complete the adventure. It was the least physically challenging adventure but it tested our chemistry, patience and communication. And it wasn't that bad being chained to two beautiful women!
Was there anything off-screen that you feel the audience missed out on?
The chemistry amongst the groups of contestants could be hard to see on camera. The original cast versus the additional guys, and eventually the additional girls. There is a dynamic amongst the members of each group that makes you bond and at times isolates. Everyone has great personalities and individual stories, and it's only natural that certain characters will clash!
Any fun anecdotes or run-ins with nature you'd like to share?
On my last adventure with Vanessa, we had fallen quite a bit behind on the jungle trail; it had been raining so the dirt trails turned into unbelievably thick mud. I was leading us on a trail next to a river, and I stepped down with my right foot into some extremely deep mud; as I continued my stride and began to raise my right foot, the mud locked my shoe in place. I stumbled; the shoe was yanked off by the mud and I had to step down again with a shoeless foot into the mud. Vanessa laughed and assisted me; like pulling the sword from the stone, that shoe was stuck in there good! Two hands and some leverage, we rescued my shoe and laughed as we continued on.
What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
I learned swimming in the ocean fully clothed is a lot harder than one would originally assume. I also learned that I can adapt to new tropical surroundings without a phone or Internet quite easily and I'm able to connect with new people just as easy. I put myself out there and I walk away with no regrets. Okay maybe a few, but I had a blast!
Why did you decide to take part in this show?
It's a once in a lifetime experience, a fun and exciting opportunity, and we get to live in paradise for a short time with the chance of really connecting with someone.
Would you call yourself an outdoorsy person? Why or why not?
Yes, I'd call myself a lot of things including outdoorsy. I love being in the sun, and getting away from the big city to appreciate nature is necessary from time to time.
What are you afraid of?
I'm afraid of settling for less and not experiencing life to its fullest. Creatures flying over my head also freak me out.
What surprised you most about being in the jungle?
The big bugs you don't need to worry about; it's the small ones you can't see that will make you miserable. The ocean can also be very salty when consumed in large amounts.
What was the hardest thing for you to live without? What did you miss the most?
Hardest thing to live without was access to Internet or communication with friends or family at home. I missed my camera; the artist/photographer in me was going crazy.
What would other people say are your best qualities?
Other people would say my best qualities are trustworthiness, creativity, logic, compassion, genuine excitement for new experiences, positivity and my sense of humor. I'm a down-to-earth kind of guy!
Describe the worst date you've ever been on.
A female friend and I went to a professional football game; kickoff was in the early afternoon so we had a few drinks before entering the stadium and the beverages continued throughout the game, a lot of her time being spent at the stadium bar relishing in the male attention. By the end of the game, she was what is called a "hot mess." She could barely walk, reeked of liquor and threw up in my car on the ride home before I was able to deliver her back to her house. Not classy. Yeah, "I'll call you."
What qualities do you find to be most important in your partner?
Compatibility is essential. We should have similar interests or at least both be open-minded and have a genuine want to learn new things. A passion for loving and living and an ability to go with the flow is important. Each person needs to bring something to the table, whether it's life experience, fun and adventures, or a new perspective on life. Looks are important but they are very quickly overshadowed by amazing personality and character.
Describe your ideal date.
The ideal date would start with being greeted by a beautiful smile; the weather would be perfect, no jackets required, sunset or maybe the moon and stars, we go to a place that would allow us to talk yet it would provide the scenery or ambience allowing us to just observe and be in the moment. Music, light dinner, and a cocktail or two, leading to a laughter and excitement-filled conversation, flirting, lots of flirting. We would continue the evening getting to know each other and conclude it with making plans to see each other again as soon as possible, and then since this is the ideal date, a "kiss" goodnight!