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The Wonderful Pistachios

The Wonderful Pistachios Professional Cycling Team is a UCI Continental Team based out of Santa Rosa California. Team sponsors include Orbea bikes, Edge wheels, Biemme clothing, Twinlab, PowerBar and Snuggbuds. Leading the team is Tom Faiers who rode for Pro Tour team Footon Cervetto in 2010. The team will target the domestic National Racing Calendar including the Redlands Classic and the Philadelphia International Championship. The team will also race internationally at the Tour of Uruguay and the Post Ras in Ireland.

Team Members


Lester Kasai

Lester Kasai started skateboarding in 1977. Growing up in Orange County, California, Lester frequented local skate spots such as Skatopia, Concrete Wave, Big "O", Skate City, Euclid "V", and Sadlands. Lester was well known for his signature Sims Skateboard "Splash" graphics during the 80's, as well as his Japanese Oak Leaf skateboard from the House of Kasai brand. Lester turned pro at 16 in 1982, at the same contest his old friend Tony Hawk made his pro debut. Lester competed in competitive circuits such as ASPO, CASL, NSA and now the WCS organization. In 2009, Lester earned a 1st place overall in the World Cup Skate Masters division. Now in his mid 40's, Lester still travels all over the world competing and he always tries to keep things fun with a smile. Lester's sponsors are Snuggbuds, Bones, Hurley, S-ONE, Theeve Trucks, 187, Crooks, Salonpas, Black Flys and SCS.

Ruben Najera

Ruben Najera was the first official rider on the Snuggbuds team. He is a professional skateboarder that has graced many magazine covers and had numerous signature products throughout the skateboarding industry for various top name companies. His technical skateboard wizardry has left an exciting mark on the skateboarding world. Ruben combines innovative trick maneuvers with complex trick to trick combinations. Ruben is also an entrepreneur with his own skateboard company Struggle Skateboards,a writer, musician, and many other things. He is always up for a good skate session and is laid back and super easy to approach. Check out his website for a full resume and always up to date listing of what's going on in the world of Ruben Najera.

Ruben Najera Website

Sponsors: Snuggbuds, Struggle Skateboards, PowerBar, Power Balance, Scoff skate laces, Peter Grimm headwear, Driscolls skateshop, Filtrate eyewear, Freestyle watches, Game On, Epic cameras, Gripgum, Airspeed footwear, Taildevil, S-one helmets


Matthieu Thibaud

Matthieu Thibaud was born and raised in France but has been calling the United States his home for the past few years. Having learned to skimboard at an early age, Matthieu has been perfecting his craft over the past ten years and is one of the most popular and prominent individuals on the Professional Skimboarding Tour (United Skim Tour). With a smooth style and warm personality it is easy to see why Matthieu Thibaud fits the SnuggBuds team. Look for Matthieu at a beach near you and to find out more information about him and his sport of choice (Skimboarding), please check out his blog a the link below.

Matthieu Thibaud Blog


Jesse Timm

Jesse Timm hasn't looked back since his marriage to Surfing began around the time he was 10 years old on Lake Michigan. Jesse has Co- Starred in 2 Theatrical released Surf Films. He has been the "Featured Surfer" in many publications and advertisements, most notably, SLIDE MAGAZINE's premiere edition in the USA, San Diego's UNION TRIBUNE Sports section, the front page of TODAYS LOCAL NEWS and THE COAST NEWS just to name a few. Timm has started his own custom Surfboards label Jesse Timm Surfboards. He continues to compete in Surf Contests, Jesse says his most prized win was "Getting first place at the HANSEN/ROB MACHADO SURF CLASSIC, it was pretty cool having Rob Machado had me a first place trophy". Jesse's other Sponsors include, Toes on the Nose, Stickybumps, Coral Reef, monster paint and Strickly Boarding.

Gavin Cook

Born, raised, and still residing in Dana Point CA, Gavin is no stranger to the ocean. Picking up a board at the age of four and entering the contest circuit at age eleven have prepared Gavin for where he is today. Currently surfing on the WSA, NSSA Explorers, and for his local high school, Gavin plans to expand his contest resume and possibly enter the pro curcuit someday.