Swede Danijel Stankovic first come to the attention of a worldwide audience in 2010 when he starred in Pontus Alv’s independent skate film In Search of the Miraculous, with Alain Goikoetxea, Eniz Fazliov, Javier Mendizabal and Scott Bourne. Following the release of that video, he took a break from the Malmo scene to film and skate with his friends and shoot a video for Streetlab and XXIV, do an interview with Kingpin, and go on trips with Nike SB & WeSC.
He also worked on Kuba Kaczmarczyk’s Grey Area, after a drunken promise to appear in the film was recorded on Kuba’s mobile phone. Grey Area, also featuring riders such as Alv, Eryk Gaj, Tadeusz Szymański and Tomek Kotrych, was filmed in Malmo, Morocco, Israel and Poland, and was released in 2012 to unremittingly positive reviews.
It is no coincidence that Danijel (or ‘Jugga’ as he is known) has featured in an eastern European movie – his family is from the former Yugoslavia, and he says he loves the area (‘skateboarding is not blown out over there’). But Malmo is his first love, and the place he believes is one of the raddest in the world to skate.
His amazing skills, including a massive pop, led to him signing for the National Skateboarding Co, and featuring in a promo for the company in 2013, but now he appears to be focusing on his business skills as much as his skating, recently launching a cap and headwear brand with friend Martin Ottosson and a sock company with Martin Pennlowe.