Lay of the land: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Iguau Falls, bordering both Brazil and Argentina, was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and will act as an awesome backdrop to X Games Foz do Iguau 2013. The entire waterfall system is a mile and a half long, contains 275 distinct waterfalls and boasts an annual peak flow of some 6,500 cubic meters per second.
Sandro Dias, Florianópolis
Dias lofts a lien air out of fellow Brazilian skater Pedro Barros' backyard pool in Florianpolis. Dias has six X Games medals to his credit and will look to add another to his collection at the X Games Foz do Iguau Skateboard Vert Final on April 20.
Once upon a time, this was a Brazilian cornfield. With a little help in early April 2013 from some earthmovers and a talented, dedicated staff, it's turning into the X Games Foz do Iguau RallyCross course.
Mauricio Neves, Curitiba
Brazilian X Games Foz do Iguau 2013 RallyCross competitor Mauricio Neves isn't merely a decorated driver; he's also a welder and an auto mechanic with more than two decades of experience. Those skills must come in pretty handy when you're racing all over the globe on tough courses with sometimes unpredictable conditions.
The Parque das Aves in Foz do Iguau is home to an incredible array of rare and colorful birds, such as this toucan. A private enterprise situated near Iguau Falls, the Bird Park enables visitors to enjoy not only feathered wildlife of the subtropical forest, but also alligators, anacondas, pythons, marmosets and butterflies.
On a 2012 trip to So Paulo, Brazil, the Eastern Bikes team stumbled upon the city's own Douglas "Doguete" Leite at a local skatepark. Leite excels at everything from skatepark riding to MegaRamp riding and was immediately offered a spot on the team. Leite will make his first X Games appearance in BMX Big Air at X Games Foz do Iguau 2013.
Alejo Muniz, Barra da Tijuca
Originally hailing from Argentina, Alejo Muniz migrated northward so he could be closer to the thriving Brazilian surf scene as his talents blossomed. Heading into his third year on tour, he has finished ranked as high as 10th in the world and has proved himself a threat in anything from 2 to 10 feet.
Rodolfo Ramos, Florianópolis
Ramos -- nicknamed "Gugu" -- will square off against 14 other competitors during the SLS Select Series on April 18 to possibly win a spot in the Street League Skateboarding Prelims at X Games Foz do Iguau. Here, he backside Smith grinds the hostel pool in his hometown of Florianpolis, Brazil.
The devil went down to Foz
This aerial view of Iguau Falls shows the dramatic U-shaped feature called Devil's Throat. The highest point of the falls, it measures 269 feet high, 492.1 feet wide and 2,296 feet long. The name "Iguau" comes from the Guarani or Tupi words "y," meaning "water," and "as," meaning "big." And how!
Edu Marques Jr., Curitiba
Though he now resides in Orlando, Fla., Marques hails from So Paulo, Brazil -- about 650 miles from the RallyCross course at X Games Foz do Iguau 2013. Driving in more than 520 live stunt shows per year means his handling skills should make him not just a national favorite, but one for the world to watch should he make the final on April 21.
Gabriel Medina, Fernando de Noronha
Nineteen-year-old Brazilian Medina is into the finals of X Games Real Surf and he's also one of the brightest young stars on the ASP World Tour. Winning both the Quiksilver Pro France and the Rip Curl Search in his rookie year, he's inspiring a new generation of Brazilian surfers to fly higher.
A view of the X Games Big Air ramp under construction at Foz do Iguau in the early part of April 2013. Expect to see breathtaking performances from BMX riders and skateboarders alike on this massive, 27-foot-tall quarterpipe, which measures 350 feet in length and comes with a 48-foot-wide flat bottom.
Mike Moura, Carapicuíba
Carapicuba, a city in the state of So Paulo, is considered the birthplace of Brazilian BMX dirt riding. The first series of jumps was built in the 1990s, and the newest generation of riders continues to work at preserving this special place, going so far as to attempt talks with city staff to make it an official park. Brazilian Mike Moura pops a backflip down the line.