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Dunstan Surfwear & Design-your-own Boardshorts

June 13th, 2013

Dunstan Surfwear Design was founded in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka by the country’s first surfer – Dunstan Wickramasekara – who has been hand-crafting amazing custom-tailored boardshorts from off-cut fabrics for nearly 30 years.

Dunstan and his tailoring team have made thousands of custom-designed boardshorts for surfers passing through Hikkaduwa. And, it would be safe to say, that until recently, the secret of the Dunstan surfwear business was very limited to only those surfers who have visited his tailoring shop at 401 Galle Rd, or who have met Dunstan on the waves of Hikkaduwa or Arugam Bay.

Dunstan’s are made using off-cuts, which are fabrics discarded by large garment producers in Sri Lanka, and which are normally burned when no longer needed. Dunstan recognized this poor method of discard as an opportunity, and began purchasing the fabrics in the open market, in order to stock them in his tailor shop so that his surfer mates could design their own custom boardshorts.

In 2010, Dunstan teamed up with some friends and decided to take his custom design/tailoring experience to the world by creating a website that offered everyone the opportunity to design a pair of Dunstan’s with all the patterns, fabrics and options available at his 401 Galle Rd. shop, and also shipped free to doorsteps anywhere in the world.

So, after a lot of hard work, the entire Dunstan custom boardshort design and tailoring experience was launched on the Internet at in April 2013. reveals the history of Dunstan, social initiatives supported by every pair of Dunstan’s sold, a Dunstan-authored surf guide to Sri Lanka, and of course the CREATE feature which allows anyone in the world to custom design a pair of Dunstan’s distinct to them and their individuality – each ‘unique like every wave’.

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