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.