SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - February 22, 2006 - blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, today announced the winners of blinkx's "Battle Royale" -- its first ski and snowboarding video competition, which took place between December 2005 and February 2006.
blinkx awarded the first place to Aaron Dana, who submitted a clip called "Fear the Beer", and the second place to Julie Wong, for her video titled "Oops I did it again 2." First prize is an all expenses paid weekend for two at Northstar ski resort in Lake Tahoe, and the second place winner will receive a gift card to REI worth $200.
The prize-winning entries were chosen for their originality and sense of humor, and can be viewed here and here.
Other interesting clips submitted for the video competition ranged from extreme snowboarding footage, to a 10-day backcountry trip from France to Switzerland, to clips of ski and snowboard clubs practicing tricks on the snow, which can be watched at: www.blinkx.tv/gotsnow.
"From the day we launched, our search logs have demonstrated great user demand for amateur videos," said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CTO of blinkx. "The Battle Royale was a way to showcase the interesting and entertaining content, created by regular people like Aaron and Julie, who use the new Web as a way to bring a slice of their lives and personalities to friends and the Internet community."
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