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Jetski ride like Star Wars podracing (video)

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High-speed jetski ride through narrow canyon in US is like Star Wars podracing but netizens worry about small kayaks coming in opposite direction. 


A breathtaking high-speed jet ski tour through the narrow canyons of Lake Powell in the US was selected as Video of the Day on Go Pro's Facebook page here.

The video was shot with a GoPro (HERO3+) head mount camera riding a Honda (AquaTrax F-12X) jetski.

The high-speed jetski ride looks a lot like podracing in the movie Star Wars that was later made into a popular computer game. 

Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River in the US straddling the border between the states of Utah and Arizona and is also a major vacation destination in the US.

The jetski ride goes through Mountain Sheep Canyon that is one of many narrow canyons on Lake Powell that many people kayak slowly through for fun.

Podracing computer game made popular by Star Wars (Source: Wikipedia)

Netizens at one popular travel website were very enthusiastic, commenting: "scramble, swim, and play in a swirling sandstone maze on this high-octane 6.4-miler for canyoneering fanatics,"  "find tranquility and seclusion on this 7.2-mile paddle-hike trip to a lonesome campsite," "experience a hands-on journey to the center of the earth on this 13.6-mile trek into a supreme slot canyon" and  "squeeze through 10.4 miles of sheer-walled sandstone passages." [Source: GaiaGPS & see map below]

Netizen reactions to the thrilling video, however, showed mixed feelings about the jetski ride ranging from the positive, such as  "The water is so perfect that it looks more like he's flying," to reasonable concerns such as "Is this one-way?" and  "Very cool, hope nobody else is gopro'ing the other direction!," to the negative such as "Good thing there was not some poor kayak in there to run over. Jet skiers are the aquatic version of skateboarders, no concern for others safety, its all about them" or "that is some stupid *** ****, there are kayakers all over that place especially in the canyons."

Lake Powell (Source: Wikipedia)

Vocabulary:

aquatic: growing or living in or near water - เกี่ยวกับน้ำ

border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต

breathtaking: extremely impressive or beautiful - งดงามตระการตา

canyon: a long deep valley with very steep sides - หุบเขาลึก

concern: a worry - ความกังวล

destination: the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง

enthusiastic: showing a feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it - กระตือรือร้น

experience: to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบ

fanatic: a person who is extremely enthusiastic about or interested in something - ผู้เลื่อมใส, แฟน

hands-on: doing something rather than just talking about it or learning about it -

journey: travelling from one place to another, especially when they are far apart - การเดินทาง

kayak: to travel using a kayak, a light canoe in which the part where you sit is covered over - เดินทางด้วยเรือแคนูขนาดเล็ก

kayak: a light canoe in which the part where you sit is covered over - เรือแคนูขนาดเล็ก

major: very large or important - สำคัญมาก

mixed feelings: having several different emotions or feelings - ความรู้สึกที่แตกต่างกัน

mount: to fix something into position on something, so that you can use it, look at it or study it - ตั้ง, จัดตั้ง

narrow: not wide; having a small distance from one side to the other, especially in comparison with the length - แคบ

negative: bad - ที่เป็นด้านลบ

netizen: a person who uses the Internet a lot - พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์

passage: a tube or place where something goes through - ทางผ่าน, ทางเดิน

popular: a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

reaction: the way you behave or respond as a result of something that happens - ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้

reservoir: a natural or artificial lake where water is stored - อ่างเก็บน้ำ

run over: when a car hits and injures or kills someone -

scramble: to move quickly but with difficulty; to take quick action to solve a problem - ทำอย่างรีบเร่ง

seclusion: the state of being private or of having little contact with other people - การแยกตัว,การเก็บตัว,การตัดขาดจากโลกภายนอก

select: to choose - คัดเลือก

selected: specially chosen - ถูกคัดเลือก

sheer: used to emphasise the size, degree or amount of something - เต็มที่, ที่สุด, ทีเดียว

shot: the taking of one photo with a camera -

skateboarders: one who rides a skateboard - นักเล่นสเก็ต

squeeze into: to succeed in getting someone or something into a small space or object, often by pushing or forcing - เบียดเข้าไป, อัดเข้าไป

squeeze through: to succeed in getting someone or something into a small space or object, often by pushing or forcing - เบียดเข้าไป, อัดเข้าไป

swirling: moving quickly in circles - หมุนวนอย่างเร็ว

thrilling: very exciting - ทำให้ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ, เขย่าขวัญ

tranquility: the state of being quiet and peaceful - ความสงบ

vacation: holiday; a period of time spent travelling or resting away from home - ลาพักผ่อน, ลาพักร้อน

version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น

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