OUR STORY

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1974

Australian, British, New Zealand and US surfers start visiting Sri Lanka, and seek out Hikkaduwa for the surfing. Because there are no developments of restaurants, hotels or guest houses, surfers knock on peoples doors and offer to pay to stay the evening and have a meal. Dunstan’s family house is one of the more welcoming homes, and Dunstan’s father starts to offer surfers accommodation for 7.50 Rupees per night with a meal (equal at the time to US$1.15). The visiting surfers start to call the house “Solomon’s House” and would stay anywhere from a week to several months. All the cooking was Sri Lankan food family style, and the guests would sometimes also share their exotic home recipes with Dunstan’s family. As a boy, Dunstan would follow the surfers out to the beach whenever he could and watch them surf with amazement.

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