Dutch definitions are the best definitions. We must therefore defer to them at all times.Scot Dutchy wrote: ↑Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:28 pmJim they are not surfers. Surfing is for lunatics like so many dare devil sports.
With that in mind I looked up the Dutch definition for "surfer". The Wikipedia describes Van Dale Groot woordenboek van de Nederlandse taal (Van Dale's Great Dictionary of the Dutch Language) as the leading dictionary of the Dutch language, so I went with that.
This is what Van Dale Groot woordenboek van de Nederlandse taal has on "surfer": "(de; m,v; meervoud: surfers) 1iem. die surft". Google Translate renders that as "(de; m, v; plural: surfers) 1im. who surfs". I guess that 1iem is an abbreviation for "someone" or an equivalent word. Missing: "lunatic", "daredevil" or any reference to size of wave or amount of risk involved.
As for me, I regard anyone who regularly rides waves as a hobby or professionally as a surfer. I counted myself as a surfer until 30 years ago, even though I rarely surfed waves over two metres in height and never ever considered getting anywhere near the types of waves I linked to in a previous post. I may be a lunatic, but not on account of riding waves, but I was a surfer on account of riding waves.