Name: Vladymyr Buryanov
Years Bartending: 8 (6 Flairing)
Flair Accomplishments: First place Nations 2007, 5 time Ukrainian Champion, 1st ever Big Kahuna Flair Smackdown Grand Champion 2008.
I got to meet Vladymyr for the first time at Superflair in Windsor Ontario in May of ‘09, where he put on a fantastic show and finished 4th in an all-star line up which included Rodrigo Delpech, Danilo Oribe, and Dario Doimo to name a few.
Earlier this year I had a chance to meet up with him again on his home turf at Kahunaville in Las Vegas. Here is my interview with Vladymyr Buryanov.
Q- When did you get into Flair bartending?
A- I started flairing about 6 years ago.
Q- What prompted you to start flipping bottles, and did you have a mentor?
A- I started bartending in a local hotel in the Ukraine where I grew up. There was a guy there that knew a couple of flair moves, so he showed me a few and I became good at them quickly and wanted to learn more. There was no one else in my town to learn from, so I started watching DVD’s of Flair competitions to learn some basic moves. Then I took it from there and taught myself.
Q- Where are you currently working?
A- I am employed at Kahunaville in Las Vegas.
Q- To date, what is your best flair moment?
A- Winning Nations in 2007 was great! The money was good, but the competition was even greater! It felt amazing when all that hard work I put into flair allowed me to beat some of the guys I have always looked up to in flair.
Q- To date, what is your worst flair moment?
A- Nations 2008. It was the first time in my career that I did not make the finals.
Q- What are your goals for the future?
A- I still hope to compete for at least another 5 years. I enjoy it, and practicing is still fun for me. As for life beyond flair, my wife and I have our ideas, but we still haven’t made our final decision yet.
Q- Other than yourself, who is your favourite flair bartender?
A- My wife. Terri Leeseberg-Buryanova. I believe her being a flair bartender also is the only reason I have found someone I can have a family with, and who is also understanding about how much time I need to practice.
Q- Do you have a signature cocktail?
A- I enjoy making different drinks. Mostly based on fresh berries and fruits.
Q- Least favourite cocktail?
A- All Martinis.
Q- What is your favourite Flair bar?
A- Kahunaville at T.I.(Treasure Island). I don’t get a chance to work there too often, but there are flair shows there four nights a week. The shows allow me to get on stage and practice routines all the time.
Thanks Vladymyr for taking the time to do this interview. We hope to see you back up in Canada for next years Superflair.