Nathan and Tyler, both 25, grew up together on the Gold Coast and have been friends for 10 years.
Nathan says of their friendship: “We were always hanging out on the Gold Coast. Then we both moved to Bondi and we’ve spent a bunch of time together in California as well. We surfed over there and also did a fair bit of partying in Hollywood. And we’ve surfed heaps in Bali together.”
Both boys fund their carefree lifestyle with a mix of modelling, t-shirt design, nannying and the odd labouring job.
Tyler says, “I’m a bit of a hobo and a really big flake. That’s where I’m different to Nathan. But we’re both open-minded, laidback and up for anything.”
Tyler proved that when he gained notoriety a few years ago for infamous liaisons with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. He was working in the US at the time for his clothing label Rockstars and Angels and says at least some of that experience helped prepare him for the race.
“I was living on next to nothing and had to be really careful with my budget, figuring out the cheapest way to live. I had a lot of fun though.”
Tyler’s single these days, while Nathan’s been dating former Miss Australia and MTV personality Erin McNaught for more than a year.
Nathan and Tyler’s strategy is already firmly in place. Tyler’s “photographic memory for directions” means he’ll be in charge of navigation on the race while Nathan will tackle more of the mental challenges.
“We’re both as fit as each other. But I’ll take on the more brainier challenges, Not saying he couldn’t do them. I’ve just got a bit more patience,” says Nathan. And when things get stressful, they have the perfect way to stay calm.
Tyler explains: “I meditate to cope with stress. Nathan and I meditate together for about 20 minutes a day. On the race we could do it on a plane, in the car, anywhere. It takes so much stress away, it makes your mind relax and cuts a lot of things out.”
Nathan adds, “I’m sure there will be new stress levels on the show. But it’s exciting stress!”