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Nautique Named Title Sponsor of the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame

Bright lights and big stars are set to shine boldly at the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

POLK CITY, Fla. – The USA Water Ski Foundation (USA-WSF) and host Walt Disney World Resort is pleased to announce that Nautique Boat Company will return as the title sponsor of the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will be held on April 29th at Walt Disney’s World Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park. 

Tickets for the 2017 Nautique Water Ski Hall of Fame are available online, along with the schedule of events, hotel information and honoree bios at:

 “Our Nautique team is happy to once again sponsor the USA Waterski Foundation Hall of Fame evening. We are happy to support those who have worked so hard to build the sports we all love, said Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin. “We are also thrilled to have our very own Ralph Meloon inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ralph was not only a skier but literally traveled the world to introduce people to our sport!”

 A stellar lineup of water ski greats and legendary contributors make up the Water Ski Hall of Fame Class of 2017.  The ceremony brings together iconic legends and today’s stars to celebrate another successful year of water skiing greatness. It truly is the Oscars of Water Skiing.

 “We are thrilled that Nautique has stepped up to help us honor those who not only paved the way for the water skiers and wakeboarders of today, but have also set the standard of excellence that deserves it’s place in history,” said USA-WSF Executive Director Tracy Mattes. 

 The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is comprised of inductees Brenda Baldwin and Rachel Normand; Lifetime Achievement honorees Ralph Meloon and Carroll ‘Bud’ & Janet Piercy;  Award of Distinction honorees Ralph Armstrong, Nick Barron, Rob Bemman, Joy Kelley, and Gary Thompson. 

 We hope you will join us for this sensational evening full of inspiration and excitement celebrating the legends and legacies of the all-time greats.

 About Nautique Boat Company

Celebrating 93 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 19 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wake surf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wake surfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit

 About the USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame

The USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame was established in 1982 to honor and celebrate the achievements of America’s premier water ski and towed water sport athletes, pioneers, innovators and officials whose dedication and competitive achievements have brought lasting fame and incredible contributions to the sport. The first Water Ski Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1982 and included icons such as Ralph Samuelson, Richard Pope Sr., Willa Cook, Chuck Sterns, Charles R. Sligh Jr., Liz Allan Reid and Dan B. Hains.  Now every year, past world class athletes, teams, coaches, veterans, industry leaders and special contributors gather to welcome the newest members of the Hall of Fame.