Verification is entirely optional. While it may make it easier for you to surf and host, especially as a newer member, it is not required.
If you can't or choose not to get verified for some reason, the best thing you can do to boost members' confidence in you is to make sure your profile is complete. Fill in all of the description fields. Upload a few photos of yourself. Meet some surfers/hosts in your area and become friends with them. In time, you will build up a strong profile based on friends and references and be well on your way to being a successful host and surfer.
Verification is a great way for members to build trust within the community. We encourage all members to look into the many different benefits of becoming a Verified Member.