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'Dangerous Waters' show sports local angle

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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When people hear of a Sea-Doo, personal watercraft, they usually think of joy-riding around Folsom Lake. But for Folsom’s Steven Moll, his joy-riding turned into a 4,500-mile trip to Russia. The unlikely trip is now being turned into a full-time reality TV show dubbed “Dangerous Waters” and all post production work stayed in Folsom. “The whole idea started when a buddy of mine and I went out on a Sea-Doo in the bay one weekend, and loved it,” Moll said. “The depth of a Sea-Doo can get into 20 to 30 feet of water. A boat can’t do that. So we can get into interesting and unlikely places that people don’t expect.” He said by the next week, he had a Sea-Doo in his driveway. He started his adventures small, he said, then grew them into bigger ideas. His first major trip was to Alaska. “I got a group of my Folsom friends together and we went to Alaska,” he said. “I took a camera to Alaska and sent it to TV stations.” Shortly, the high-def cable network HDNet saw the promo and ordered up a 10-episode series of the trip Moll and four friends were planning to take from Seattle to Alaska and then on to Siberia. “We are going to make sure it’s the most exciting thing on television today,” Moll said. “This production will completely change people on what they think about Sea-Doos and what they think people can do on them.” The show is entirely self-produced. “We are the production company,” he said. “No one has done this before. It’s a real reality show. I can’t script nature and we were a part of nature. We are so small on the water, so nature interacts with us on a grander scale.” The show is now being produced by Red Barn Films of Folsom and is set to premiere in March. Shows about future trips will be offered to HDNet and others. “I read about Red Barn in the Telegraph, and after meeting them, we just clicked,” Moll said. “Now we are knee-deep in production.” Red Barn Films’ director Kevin Beck and producer Jaime Tafoya said they were thrilled to work with Moll and appreciated his creative view. “They did all the filming themselves,” Beck said. “It’s a real reality show as apposed to being a staged reality.” Moll, a husband and father of four, said his only wish for the show is it becomes an encouragement for others to follow their dreams. “This has changed my life completely,” Moll said. “This is all I do now. When you are upside down in the Bering Sea on a Sea-Doo, it changes your perspective on everything.” He said the best lesson learned during his journey, is not to sweat the small stuff, because it’s all small stuff in the end. “I want this to be an inspiration,” Moll said. “If we’re not inspiring others, we are not doing a service.” For more information, visit seadooadventures.com.