4. no matter 5. adapted 6. occurred
7. gather 8. passionate 9. impression
听力测试：1. popular 2. influenced 3. sport of kings
4. blocks 5. directly 6. riding
7. crowded 8. calm
Surfing is one of the world's most popular water sports. It was born in Hawaii and is deeply influenced by its history and culture. Surfing was once a sport only for Hawaiian royalty, which is why surfing is often called the “sport of kings”. But now, it is enjoyed by people all over the world.
Waikiki is one of the best beaches for surfing in Honolulu. Every hotel room is just two or three blocks away from the ocean if it’s not directly on the beach. It is neither too hot nor too cold all year around. No matter what the weather is like, you can always find surfers out riding the waves. The only downside is that because it’s such a popular and well-known beach they are usually crowded.
If you’re ready to learn, the calm waters of Waikiki Beach are a great place to get your feet wet.