David Wise poses for a portrait. (Harry How/Getty Photo)
(Harry How / Chicago Tribune / April 25, 2013)
Best of the U.S.: Aaron Blunck, Lyman Currier, Torin Yater-Wallace and David Wise.
Best of the rest: Canadians Mike Riddle Justin Dorey and Kevin Rolland of France.
U.S. chances to medal: Wise, a three-time X Games champion, is favored, especially since his rival and buddy Yater-Wallace was sidelined for much of the season because of a collapsed lung and broken ribs.
Little-known fact: Yater-Wallace is the grandson of Renny Yater, the vision behind Santa Barbara-based Yater Surfboards.
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