The members of the acrobatic group Dunking Devils published a note in memory of Petar Kokalj, who had a fatal accident during his daily training in the premises of the adrenaline park in Ljubljana’s BTC.
As a member of the Dunking Devils, 22-year-old Peter Kokalj also received the Apple of Inspiration award from the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.
We reported that he is 22 years old Peter Kokalj he suffered serious injuries in the fall, as a result of which he died a day later in the Ljubljana clinical center.
Peter was a member of the now world famous Dunking Devils acrobatic group who say they will “his memory, energy and mission live on through us who remain in this world.” Therefore, they prepared a record of “who Peter was for us and for this world.” We publish it in its entirety.
“There is no paper that would allow us to write everything about Peter, a young man with endless thoughts, ideas and a heart of gold. He was an amazing person who left his mark on everyone who was lucky enough to meet him or watch the TikToks he created. He left us too soon, only 22 years old, just when he was firmly on the path of professional growth and on the threshold of many extraordinary opportunities. In the midst of a pandemic, when others saw fear and obstacles, he saw inspiration and opportunity. He chose TikTok as his canvas, a platform that allowed him to send his creative ideas and values out into the world and onto the mobile screens of millions of people around the world.
In just two years, the agency DD Studios grew out of his passion, under whose auspices 30 young creators of the new generation create and work. Together with his team, he has created an incredible network of people who pursue progress, growth, respect and fun in every moment. Peter was our light, our inspiration and our engine, who through his actions showed how to grow, progress and inspire like no one else.
But he was much more than just a person who gave life to the Slovenian TikTok scene. He was the best friend, role model, mentor and one who always took time for people and listened to them. When we were in trouble, we turned to him and confided in him our challenges and problems. He listened and found a way to make you smile, offer you a shoulder, and show the love he had inside. Even being 10 years older than him, we appreciated talking to him because we trusted him, respected him and admired his wisdom.
He started by jumping on the trampoline in his backyard. His family supported him and followed his acrobatic feats, which he continued at the Diocesan Gymnasium soon after. However, he began to show and exploit his true potential as a member of the Dunking Devils team. He enjoyed training in Woop! immensely and learned new tricks and skills in a safe environment that offered him acrobatic freedom, with which he was very proud to inspire viewers all over the world. He was a real “entertainer” and with his jumps, among other things, he impressed on the show Slovenia has Talent, in the videos of the DD Squad group and at performances all over the world. As a member of the Dunking Devils, he also received the Apple of Inspiration award from the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.
His love for acrobatics radiated even on his last day in this world. He was at Woop! with his family and shared his passion for jumping with his sister. The air was his second home. Many, however, wonder at such moments if it is really worth living a full, adrenaline-filled life. There is a variety of people, and Peter was certainly among them, who do not know how to live otherwise. Enzo Ferrari said he would return all his trophies if he could resurrect just one of his drivers. Like Ferrari, Peter understood that by jumping and co-creating the Dunking Devils story, he was giving the opportunity to many young acrobats and creators to live their dreams.
Peter we miss you, without you the world and our story will never be the same. We will not try to fill the void you left behind, but instead look for strength and inspiration in it. We give you our word that your energy, your mission and your values will live on through all of us and all those who will come to know you through us. Thank you for everything we experienced with you. Thank you for all the performances, conversations, smiles, trips, filming, saunas and days we spent together in the office. You will be with us in our hearts forever and together we will continue to be an amazing TEAM in which we all have the feeling that nothing is unattainable.
Long Live Coke!”