Local Bloke – Marcelo de Souza from BondiBrazilian Kiwi Marcelo de Souza first came to Bondi in 1989 and returned for good five years ago. He imports “flip-flops” and is about to launch a new swimwear product. Marcelo shares his local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here?
I left Brazil in 1989 and my first destination was Bondi Beach. After a long absence I returned five years ago. My heart has always been here.
Why do you live here?
My hometown, Florianopolis, is renowned for its surf beaches. Bondi is a slice of heaven; a perfect cocktail of society and beach culture.
What’s your favourite beach?
I sleep around. Don’t tell Bronte, Tama and Bondi.
What’s your favourite eatery?
Huxton’s in Bronte. Owner and chef extraordinaire Justin really delivers. And my wife’s cooking, of course!
What do you like to drink?
I am a bit partial to a Sav Blanc and a good Aussie Shiraz.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs?
It is like a village here. It’s full of great locals and history.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs?
All the bloody Brazilians.
Do you have a favourite sporting team?
I am a Brazilian Kiwi. If I could get the Brazilian soccer team to do the Haka I would be in heaven.
What music are you into at the moment?
I am always on the lookout for new sounds. A perfect samba will get me in the mood every time.
Who is your favourite person?
I am inspired by all people. To choose a favourite is hard as I love to read about a person’s story, their inspiration and how they have become who they are.
What do you get up to on the weekends?
Weekends are for work. During summer I am at the Bondi Markets with Amazonas Flip Flops, and of course I don’t mind a bit of surf.
What do you do for work?
I import flip-flops made from recycled materials from Brazil called Amazonas – www.amazonassandals.com. I am also about to launch a new swimwear product made in Brazil by a close friend.
What’s your favourite thing about work?
Connecting with people and making a business grow.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards.”
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Listening is a great art and so is kindness. Be fearless, be bold and live your life with love and laughter.