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.