crazy coincidence. there used to be a poster named deforestI don't have a problem admitting I'm a "surfer". I've worked hard to improve and, at this point, feel comfortable saying I'm a "surfer". I would probably never introduce myself that way. But if someone asked, called me a surfer, or asked if I'm a surfer, I would absolutely say "yes".
But as far as a sense of self or an identity... I'm ReForest.