updated 3/15/2011 10:46:42 AM ET 2011-03-15T14:46:42

IRVINE, Calif., March 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This Saturday, Maloof Skateboarding – which produces the world's greatest skateboarding event, The Maloof Money Cup – and the Digital College Network (DCNLive.com) will host the final four Maloof U Skate Madness finalists who will go head-to-head in one last competition to find the best college skater in the country. The four finalists will be flown to Panama City Beach, Florida during Spring Break this weekend to compete for their share of the $10,000 cash and prize purse.

"We were amazed by the level of talent on college campuses across the country," said Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Skateboarding and owner of the Palms Casino Resort and the NBA's Sacramento Kings. "We are always looking for ways to promote skateboarding in every aspect, and this contest was a really exciting way to bring attention to some new talent, while giving college skaters a chance to represent their schools.  It's going to be a great weekend in Panama City.  Spring Break was the perfect time to host the final four skaters in the Maloof U Skate Madness contest.  Everyone is invited to come out to the Spinnaker Beach Club on Saturday to be a part of the action."

The final four skaters will compete in a street contest on obstacles created by California Skateparks. Skatepark of Tampa will judge the contest.  The four finalists are Jared Huss, a student at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California; Nate Principato, a student at California Art Institute – Santa Monica; Mike Piwowar, studying at Cal State University – Long Beach; and Tommy Gurrola, a student at College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California.

The contest kicked off in January with hopeful contenders uploading their best skate footage to www.DCNLive.com , the student-exclusive website of the Digital College Network. DCNLive's members rated the footage and voted on their favorite skaters. The 16 skaters who earned the most votes were evaluated by a panel of pros and celebrity judges, who narrowed the field to four finalists. Those four finalists will compete in a one-day competition Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. during Spring Break festivities at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., the No. 1 Spring Break destination in the country.  

DCNLive will cover the event and broadcast results, including competition footage and interviews with the finalists.

About Maloof Skateboarding

Maloof Skateboarding produces the Maloof Money Cup, the world's greatest skateboarding event and the premiere showcase for amateur and professional skateboarding. In 2010, the "Maloof Money Cup presented by Vans" hosted two events, one in Orange County, Calif., and one in to Queens, New York, building a world-class skatepark that was donated to the community after the contest.  In 2011, the Maloof Money Cup goes global with the first-ever World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa, Sept. 28-Oct 2.  Join our network to share the competition experience with a global audience and be the first to know about exciting upcoming MMC announcements and exclusive contests.  Go to www.maloofmoneycup.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter:  @maloofmoneycup.

About The Digital College Network

The Atlanta-based Digital College Network is a collection of companies meeting the needs of college students nationwide:

DCNLive features an on-campus digital broadcast network, student-exclusive website, contests, on-campus representatives and event activation on and around campuses nationwide. The place-based digital network generates 10 million impressions monthly. www.dcnlive.com

DCN Careers, a soon-to-launch job site, will cater to enhancing job searches for students looking for part-time employment, internships or the all-important first job. www.dcncareers.com

DCN Tickets specializes in obtaining premium and sold-out concert tickets, sports tickets and theater tickets to events nationwide. www.dcntickets.com

ThinkDCN Realty offers concierge-style services for students relocating to urban areas after graduation. www.thinkproperties.com

The Digital College Network's B2B site can be visited at www.digitalcollegenetwork.com .

Maloof U Skate Madness is not in any way affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association or any of its member institutions.  All trademarks related to the event are owned by Maloof Skateboarding LLC, Digital College Network, Inc., and their respective affiliates, sponsors and licensors.

MEDIA CONTACTS
For Maloof Skateboarding                 
Brendi Rawlin                                  
619-549-3066   
Brendi@thelimelightpr.com      

For DCNLive
Suzanne Dent
678.494.5514
sdent@dcnlive.com

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