Just don't be an asshole or a kook with other people and don't be a liar with yourself. I've been surfing for 19 years now and would label myself "knowledgeable, but always learning" if I had to. I don't give a crap about what tricks people can or can't do. I'm more impressed when someone knows not to drop-in, as it is becoming more and more rare.
I'm with you. I've been surfing 23 years. Every now and then, I pick up on something new.