13 Tom McComas
Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs
- 185 lbs
- Chicago, IL
- Venice, CA
I had a car wash at age 12 years old, saved $300 and bought a 1979 Yamaha Enduro 125 from a Northwestern student I got to know because of his bike. Anything with two wheels that I could make go fast captivated me. I started roadracing in college, won an amateur national championship, but discovered I was better at crashing than putting it on the top step of the box, so I moved to Hollywood to get into the business. Stuntman, stunt coordinator and director are the only jobs I’ve had in the last 16 years. I truly believe I am doing what I was put on this earth to do. I love my life, and I love my job.
How old were you when you started riding?
The 1st time I ever rode on a motorcycle, my father placed me on the tank of his 1960 BMW R 60. I was two and I was hooked. I taught myself to ride by sneaking out that old BMW. I was 12. Then I bought the 1979 Yamaha Enduro 125 and would ride it to high school instead of taking the train. That worked great until the neighbors started telling my Mom they keep seeing someone that looked just like her son on a motorcycle. She would then come to me and say, “There must be someone in the neighborhood that looks like you and has a motorcycle.” Eventually they figured it out.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up not far from Chicago, in a town called Evanston, IL.
How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
Jeff Weiner has been essential in getting me into the TLD family. But before Jeff, Sheri Ridenour provided gear for a stunt in "Accepted" where I jumped a Honda CRF 450 over a 10’ wall, flew 55’ and landed in a swimming pool, all while towing X Games athlete Chad Fernandez on his skateboard.
How long have you been riding for TLD?
If we start with the stunt on "Accepted", since 2006.
Which TLD products are you using?
SE3 Helmet in black - it has one of my favorite paint designs - and GP Predator gear.
Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
I’ve done 15 films with Ben Affleck as his stunt double, stunt coordinator, or both. He continues to impress me with his knowledge of the process of filmmaking and his ability to direct and act. Hopefully the professional relationship will continue for many more years and I’ll be able to learn from what I consider to be one of the best new directors in Hollywood.
What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I’m riding a road bike, or a mountain bike, or stuck in LA traffic in a car wishing I were on a motorcycle.
What bands/music are you into?
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Tribe Called Quest, Guns and Roses, and Jack Johnson are some of my favorites.
List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
1. Treat people as you would like to be treated.
2. Laugh more.
3. Go FASTER.
List a few highlights of your career:
Being directed by Christopher Nolan on "The Dark Knight" was an experience I knew was a once in a lifetime type moment. Maybe I will be fortunate enough to work with him again.
First job in the business was stunt doubling David Hasselhoff on "Baywatch" and tackling a bad guy.
Second job was stunt doubling Ben Affleck on the biggest movie in Hollywood at the time: "Armageddon". We were doing big stunts almost every day and I was living the dream.
130 episodes of "NCIS" doing stunts.
Seven seasons of "House" stunt doubling Hugh Laurie.
SAG Award for the stunts on "The Dark Knight".
Two World Stunt Award Nominations for "Accepted" & "The Town".
SAG Award Nomination for stunt doubling Charlie Hunnam on "Sons Of Anarchy"
What's your favorite race/event and why?
The 1st time MotoGP came back to the states after a little over a decade was 2005. From what I hear, that event was the most expensive Red Bull had sponsored to date. I was a guest of Red Bull, and that is what made the event to awesome for me. If you had a Red Bull pass that weekend, you were in for really good time. That was the best party weekend I have ever been a part of, and made friends that I still have today. Still makes me smile when I think about it. Motorcycle roadracing had finally arrived in America, and Red Bull made it happen. Never before had I seen a motorcycle event done to that level of professionalism.
What's your idea of an epic day riding?
I ride because of the way it makes me feel. I like to scare myself doing something technically difficult that requires the correct reaction in the moment, allowing you to successfully navigate the jump, or stunt.
I live for that moment of fear and the euphoria that immediately follows if you don’t crash.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
I’m not a 9-5 guy. Just finished two weeks of 15-17 hour days in Montreal on a film. We were also working nights, so we would go into work at 4pm and get wrapped around 7 or 8 am. That is hard work. But then I have time off. I like the variety, and I welcome a challenge. You only get one chance at this life thing so I believe the only way to do it is WIDE OPEN!
If you weren't a professional athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
On the North Shore of Hawaii surrounded by bikini clad women running around and a drink with an umbrella in my hand.
If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
When you turn 16, you get a license to operate a scooter, ONLY! No cars until 18. If you’re a rider, that makes you a MUCH better driver. Having everyone exposed to two wheels means more motorcyclists, less traffic, less cars and is environmentally beneficial because bikes are smaller than cars, use less gas, take up less space, you get the deal. That way bad drivers are weeded out through Darwinian Theory.
Who would you like to thank?
Thanks Troy for creating the TLD Empire! Without you, a bunch of my friends would be unemployed and the coolest moto-gear on the planet wouldn’t exist.
Any words of wisdom?
Less brake, more gas!