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Dual Survival star closes one TV chapter, begins afresh with new partner

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Fans are certainly ready to move forward with Dual Survival after a long hiatus, and star Cody Lundin appears ready to move forward with new survivalist partner Joseph Teti, as well.

After a long hiatus, due to the Discovery Channel's searching for just the right partner for primitive survival expert Cody Lundin, Dual Survival will soon be back with Lundin and his new partner, Joseph Teti.

Lundin, the barefoot, 20+-year survival veteran who has made his life his profession, living in the deserts and mountains with few modern tools or conveniences, teaching his indigenous survival strategies in his Aboriginal Living Skills School, LLC, seems more than prepared to accept a new partner in the form of Teti. After the Discovery Channel announced Lundin’s new partner to the public, Lundin released the following statement to the press and on his school website:

As has already been publicly confirmed, Dave Canterbury is no longer a part of Dual Survival. This fact has been true since September of 2011.

I have faced many questions regarding this change and much has been said on the Internet as well. Any inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Discovery Channel. However, since I have no doubt that the questions will continue, and I have an ethical and professional responsibility to do so, I am making the following statement.

The goal of the survival instructor is to keep people alive. To accomplish this goal, honesty, integrity, trust and competence must come first. These core values cannot be compromised or people’s lives are needlessly put at risk. In a profession where human lives are at stake, dishonesty about one’s background and experience is an inexcusable breach of trust.

I have dedicated my life to this profession. It is my passion and livelihood and I have spent the past 23 years developing expertise in it. I hold the responsibility of being a survival skills instructor as sacred. It is incumbent upon all of us in this field to insist that the highest standards of honesty, integrity and honor are maintained at all times.

For all of the aforementioned reasons, I am proud to work with my new Dual Survival partner as we take the show to even greater levels. This is my final statement on the matter at this time. To my fans and to those who have offered support during this very challenging time, I offer my greatest gratitude and thanks.

Shutting One Chapter, Beginning Afresh

Although Lundin and Canterbury were great foils for each other on-screen, Lundin’s statement, “In a profession where human lives are at stake, dishonesty about one’s background and experience is an inexcusable breach of trust,” seems to relate the answer that viewers have wanted to know for months. And, although Discovery Channel has never confirmed the many rumors swirling around Canterbury’s departure—specifically whether or not he lied about his survival experience background—Lundin’s statement, although not specifically calling out his former partner by name, will no doubt sufficiently close the Lundin-Canterbury chapter for many Dual Survival fans, and hopefully begin a new Lundin-Teti chapter for one of the more informative, as well as entertaining, reality programs on television today.

Dual Survival, with the new pairing of Cody Lundin and Joseph Teti, will make its debut on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, on the Discovery Channel, with the one-hour special, Dual Survival: Unbraided, beginning at 8 p.m. E/P, and the first episode of the new season, “Mars on Earth,” following at 9 p.m. E/P.

UPDATED: Will fans give Joe Teti a chance?

UPDATED: Is Joe gaining traction with fans?

Image: Discovery Channel

Video: Discovery Channel/Dual Survival


Submitted by kylefrCali (not verified) on
I'm 1 of the Dual Survival biggest fans but this new dude needs to go Dave and Cody they had a chemistry and you can see it on TV they do not act out being buddies they were and watching camaraderie made the show worth watching so what I'm trying to say is either I see Dave and Cody or I don't watch Dual Survival at all back to Survivorman.

Submitted by Kel (not verified) on
Joe did very good on the first. I don't think Joe was acting He's trained. A lot of that is Instinct. Great addition to the Show. I was a 30 year Firefighter... Joe was simply doing what he's practiced 1000's of times! Cut the Guy some slack. He's a pro. Watch, take note And learn. He's got something to offer.

Submitted by Ed S. (not verified) on
for someone that is military trained he would know even in the most extreme dehydration issues you never drink your pee....Dave would have never done that and supposedly he is not trained?

Submitted by BryJ (not verified) on
Once again I listened to Cody explain why he goes barefoot. His reasoning that he is more in touch with the elements applies to a very small portion of the actual areas in which they find themselves. He clearly is more about his look and style than he is about any actual gain from going barefoot. Frankly, I think he often puts his partner in more danger as a result. There are many chores that the partner winds up doing since Cody's feet would be at risk otherwise. Cody seems to be about doing as little as possible and while I understand the benefit of not over taxing oneself in a survival situation, his lack of shoes and effort often means his partner is doing the lions share of the work. Also, in this seasons "pre-show" he said that he didn't understand why so many people got on him about not wearing shoes and offered the fact that large percentage of the world's population doesn't wear shoes as further "proof" that his going barefoot is rational for these treks of survival. That is twisted logic to say the least. The vast majority of those shoeless people would gladly wear shoes if they could afford them or were available to them. They don't go shoeless by design, but due to economic or availablity reasons.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Seems like Cody is having more trouble getting along with Joe than he did Dave. It's hard to for him to fly like an eagle when everyone he is around, he sees as turkeys. When there was constant conflict Dave and Cody, and now between Joe and Cody, who is the obvious problem here?????

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
First off, Joe Teti was in Special OPERATIONS...Not necessarily a team that is a elite combat team. Special Operations has 3 combat teams...Delta Force, Night Stalkers and Seal Team 6...There is no indication that he was on ANY of those teams! The Rangers are also a Special Opeations team. But that doesn't mean you are the best of the best. I find Joe to be awkward, lacking common sense, and he was definitely NOT an officer! I would not place my trust in him. Dave was WAY better! The whole crap where the camera team was blindfolded to go to his house is total made up TV BS. Joe Teti is a legend in his own mind. The loss of Dave signals the end of this show!

Submitted by geosmdavic (not verified) on
I watched the new episodes lastnight with joe and I was really disappointed. In the years that the show has been on, I have learned a lot from Cody and Dave. Sure they had their bone head moments, but this guy is just plain bad. I know there was some sort of half truth on Dave's part when he signed up for the showbut my god look at what they are selling us now...At least when Dave was on the show it was good. When I saw the part when he killed the pig and he pulled his knife out like it was a light saber, and then he looked around like he was in a mad killing daze or something ... All I could do was shake my head . I thought to myself this guy is going to kill this show.. I could see Cody smacking him with a news paper behind the scenes like a owner to a new puppy. To Cody ... You have been an inspiration to me ever since I saw your first episode. My grandfather was Appalachian Indian ,well part anyways... But he walked everywhere barefoot even in the winter. He had a way with animals that was just amazing.. But he died when I was very young , I see a lot of my grandfather in you Cody . Please don't give up what you believe in for a partner they are pushing on you cause I can't see you picking this guy...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Joe makes Cody shine. Joe might be trained to take orders, no matter how dumb, from superiors, but he lacks common sense. He constantly fights nature and obstacles where Cody works with nature and works around obstacles in a safe way. I'll have Cody as my partner when it comes to surviving nature anytime. As for shoes, ever notice when a person gets involved in a violent situation, their shoes are always found by themselves while the body is somewhere else? Better to be able to move with hardened feet than boots that will end up in a separate location. :-)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I want dave back , joe an cody do nothing but waste time fighting the show will never be the sam!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I want dave back , joe an cody do nothing but waste time fighting the show will never be the same!


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