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[时尚英语]-海水正蓝冲浪去(2)
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  The 1950s were the golden age of surfing. The sport was immensely1 popular, and breakthroughs in materials and design greatly improved the boards. Chemists developed waterproof glue, and additional fins were added to boards. Shorter, lightweight2 boards also began replacing the cumbersome lumber that surfers had traditionally ridden.

  The rise of the automobile in the 1950s brought another new dimension to surfing: the surf safari. Surfers would load their boards onto cars and hit the road3 in search of big waves. The safari helped surf culture spread throughout America and the world. By the 1960s, surfers had discovered new locations4 in places like Peru, Australia, and Africa.

  Surf culture became mainstream5 in the 1960s, due largely to surf music and films that glorified the hip6 surfer lifestyle. "Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how, come on a safari with me," sang the Beach Boys in their 1962 song, "Surfin, Safari." Though the Beach Boys aren't as popular nowadays, surf culture is still going strong.

  20世纪50年代是冲浪运动的黄金时期。此项运动在当时广为流行,而冲浪板在材质及设计上也出现了跨时代的进展。化学家研发出防水胶,并在冲浪板底端加上铊。同时,更短小轻薄的冲浪板也开始取代冲浪者曾经使用的传统式笨重木板。

  20世纪50年代兴起的汽车工业,为冲浪运动带来另一个新的方向:冲浪远征。远征活动的冲浪者会将冲浪板装上车,然后启程寻找有大浪的地方。远征者促使冲浪文化在美国及世界各地广为流传。一直到 20世纪60年代,冲浪者已在诸如秘鲁、澳洲及非洲等处发现新的冲浪地点。

  冲浪文化到了 20世纪60年代成为主流运动,主要原因归之于有关冲浪的音乐及电影使冲浪者时髦的生活方式大放光彩。海滩男孩乐团在 1962 年的“远征去冲浪”一曲中唱道:“让我们即刻去冲浪,人人都在学冲浪,跟我一起远征吧。”如今,海滩男孩受欢迎的程度虽大不如前,但冲浪文化却仍后劲十足。

  Vocabulary

  ● 1. immensely adv. largely; in a very big way 广大地;极大地

  Climbing to the top of Mt. Everest is an immensely difficult and dangerous task.

  登上珠穆郎玛峰山顶是件极其困难又危险的任务。

  2. lightweight adj. weighing very little; not heavy (重量)轻的

  Modern tents are not as heavy as older tents because they're made of new, lightweight materials.

  现代帐篷的材质新颖轻便,不像旧式帐篷那样笨重。

  ● 3. hit the road v. phr. to begin a journey; to start driving somewhere 出发;启程

  After we pack our bags and put gas in the car, we can hit the road.

  我们把行李打好包,又加上汽油后,便开车上路了。

  4. location n. a certain place where sb./sth. is or where sth. happens 地点

  This chain of grocery stores has locations all over the city.

  这家杂货连锁店在全市各处都有分点。

  ● 5. mainstream adj. accepted or enjoyed by most members of a society 被广为接受的;主流的

  I don't like Hollywood movies because I think they are too mainstream.

  好莱坞电影太热门了,所以我不爱看。

  6. hip adj. fashionable; stylish 时髦流行的

  Your pants are cool, but that awful shirt isn't very hip.

  你的长裤很酷,但那件糟糕的衬衫却不太时髦。

  More Information

   1. waterproof adj. 防水的

   2. cumbersome adj. 笨重的

   3. safari n. 远征;探险

   4. glorify v. 颂扬;称颂

  


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