ORLANDO, FL (May 1, 2017) – Ralph C. Meloon, son of Correct Craft founder Walter C. Meloon, has been honored with a Special Lifetime Tribute by the Water Ski Hall of Fame. “Mr. Ralph” was recognized at the 35th Annual Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held last Saturday at Walt Disney’s World Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park in Orlando, FL.
The Hall of Fame Special Lifetime Tribute celebrates the lives of those ambassadors who have made an extraordinary impact on the sport. These are individuals who have gone above and beyond to enhance water skiing’s positive image on society, broaden the sport's appeal throughout the world, and whose integrity and dignity set them apart in a special and unique way. They have dedicated their lives to making the sport better for everyone involved.
Ralph, a 2013 NMMA Hall of Fame inductee, held many positions at Correct Craft over the years including President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board for over 25 years helping shape the company into an innovative leader in the waterski and wakesports industry. Under Ralph’s leadership, the company established the first water ski team and developed the first water ski promotional program in the United States which is still used by Correct Craft’s Nautique Boat Company and others in the watersports segment.
Ralph has traveled the globe helping to build Correct Craft and Nautique as premier brands for water ski and wakeboard enthusiasts worldwide. He has visited 85 different nations through the years and was instrumental in selling boats to water ski federations in numerous countries and attending water ski tournaments.
Today, at age 99, Ralph continues to be an important figure in the industry and currently serves as Correct Craft’s Chairman Emeritus.
Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “Ralph Meloon is truly an icon in our industry and an important reason why waterskiing is a global sport.” Yeargin added, “I am truly honored to both work with and learn from Ralph and am thrilled that he was recognized with this prestigious honor.”
About the Water Ski Hall of Fame: The purpose of the Water Ski Hall of Fame is to honor and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of skiers, pioneers and officials whose dedication and competitive achievements at national and international levels have brought lasting fame to the sport of water skiing. Four categories of membership have been approved by the USA Water Ski Foundation board of trustees: competitive water skiers, including participants in traditional water skiing, barefoot skiing, ski racing and any other nationally competitive individual discipline recognized by USA Water Ski and approved by the USA Water Ski Foundation board of trustees; water skiing pioneers; water skiing officials; and show skiing. For more information on the Water Ski Hall of Fame and the USA Water Ski Foundation go to www.waterskihalloffame.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
Coming at you from a different angle this week, with 3 folks that are well versed in the ways of fitness, specifically CrossFit.
Brooke Ence is a CrossFit Games competitor, and she’s twice as strong as you’ll ever be. Her husband, Marston, works for CrossFit Media, was an Olympic hopeful, and is the most funny least assuming person you’ll ever meet. Tommy Marquez is producer for CrossFit Media, a host on the CrossFit Games update shows and a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.
Getting to sit down with these 3 for 30 min was a treat. Some of the topics we discussed are below:
Swiss Pro Slalom - $13,000 Cash Prize
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 - Swiss Waterski Resort
Swiss Waterski Resort is proud to announce the 3rd edition of the Swiss Pro Slalom featuring the best slalom skiers from around the World battling out a $13'000 Cash Prize in a 2-rounds & Finals competition.
The Swiss Pro Slalom has become a classic event offering world record conditions pushing the skiers to the limit of their art of slalom skiing.
Reigning Champions Nate Smith and Regina Jaquess both from the USA will face fierce competition showcasing the best slalom skiing and drama to crown the next Swiss Pro Slalom Champions in Open Men & Women.
First round 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Second round 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Finals 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Prize Ceremony 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
live webcast on www.swissproslalom.com
About Swiss Waterski Resort
Water skiers from around the world come to Swiss Waterski Resort for its perfect ski lakes, beautiful surrounding scenery, and dedicated instructors led by head coach Clint Stadlbaur. Located outside Orlando in Clermont, Florida, Swiss Waterski Resort was established in 1979 and has provided the ultimate ski experience for decades. The staff ensures that all guests have a memorable stay by holding to the highest standards of Swiss service. At Swiss Waterski Resort, you will discover the perfect combination of rigorous training and resort vacation. Features include a fleet of new Nautique boats, stylish Mediterranean villas, pools, heated spas, and a pristine golf course. Ready for paradise? Book your next water ski escape at Swiss!
Italian Pro Skier and Sports Psychology PhD Student Matteo Luzzeri is my guest this week, and we get to talk about some pretty sweet stuff. Mainly, stuff that not only applies to sports (water skiing and others) but also to life.
We get to talk about youth and teen skiing (and sports in general) and maybe some of the things you can do as a child (and parent) to stay stoked on life and keep from getting burned out. We want people to stay in water sports for life, so we cover some things that might help kids and parents keep things from getting too serious, too early on.
Matteo is smart, much smarter than I am…but he has a great ability to keep complex concepts simple, so everyone can understand.
So, he may end up being our “FlowPoint Professor” and we might have him on here every couple months.
Lynnwood, WA. April 17, 2017 - Connelly Skis, a renowned water sports and towables brand of more than 50 years, welcomes its newest athlete, Thibaut Dailland, to the Connelly team. Dailland brings many years of success as a professional skier and internationally-known athlete to the Connelly team. His prowess will help extend the Connelly name within the realm of the water sports industry around the world while fostering the personality and legacy of the brand.
Dailland was born and raised in Ivory Coast, Africa, by two parents highly involved in surfing and water skiing. His water ski career began at five years old and blossomed when he relocated to France to participate in tournaments. There he broke the national record in tricks at 12 years old. By the age of 17, Dailland began competing in the elite ranks.
Since breaking France’s junior national record, Dailland’s primary goal has been to seize a world championship title. To help him achieve this ambition, he switched to the Connelly GT slalom ski at the end of the 2016 season.
“It is an honor riding on one of the most legendary brands in waterskiing. With only one tournament under my belt on the Connelly, my scores are already comparable to my personal best,” Dailland said. “My aim at the end of last season was to find a slalom ski that would help me conquer 41 off. After trying every ski on the market, Connelly corresponded best with my style. It gives me the confidence to push my limits and improve my scores.”
This season, Dailland plans to compete in the Swiss Pro Slalom tournament, Malibu Open, California ProAm, U.S. Open and the World Championships in France, to name just a few. His ultimate mission still remains the same - to be crowned World Overall Champion.
This week I had the chance to get on a call with John Horton, the founder and owner of www.BallOfSpray.com.
I’ve known John since I was a kid, and this was fun to kinda not worry about the clock (this one is long….) and just talk about whatever we felt like.
-State of the Sport of Water Skiing
-Growing the Sport
-Man Made Ski Lakes (his father built the first man-made water ski lake, ever)
-Technique and mechanics of skiing
-Pork Tacos and Coronas
Let us know what you think and give us some suggestions on who you might wanna hear next on the Podcast!
Thanks for listening guys!