Ralph C. Meloon, son of Correct Craft founder Walter C. Meloon, was 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 on Saturday at Walt Disney World’s World ShowPlace Pavilion at the Epcot theme park in Orlando, Fla.
Correct Craft said the Special Lifetime Tribute celebrates the lives of ambassadors who have made an impact on the sport. These are people who have gone above and beyond to enhance water skiing’s positive image on society and broaden the sport's appeal throughout the world, and whose integrity and dignity set them apart in a unique way.
Meloon, 99, a 2013 National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame inductee, held many positions at Correct Craft through the years, including president, executive vice president, treasurer and chairman of the board for more than 25 years.
Under his leadership the company established the first water ski team and developed the first water ski promotional program in the United States. Correct Craft’s Nautique Boat Co. and others in the watersports segment still use the program.
Meloon 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 nations and was instrumental in selling boats to water-ski federations in numerous countries and attending water-ski tournaments.
Today he is Correct Craft’s chairman emeritus.
“Ralph Meloon is truly an icon in our industry and an important reason why water skiing is a global sport,” Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin said in a statement. “I am truly honored to both work with and learn from Ralph and am thrilled that he was recognized with this prestigious honor.”