Quiksilver CEO Disappears Off French Coast

Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnès is lost at sea

Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnès is lost at sea

French authorities deployed three helicopters and two boats to search for Agnes off the southwest coast of France after his boat was found empty, washed up Tuesday at a surfing location north of Biarritz, the Associated Press reported.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family all at this time, as well as the search and rescue teams", a statement read. In a statement, Boardriders said that 54-year-old Agnes had gone fishing on his "beloved" boat, as he often did in the mornings, and that he had not been heard from since.

Mr Agnes had earlier sent a message to port authorities, expressing that he would not be returning until later, because thick fog had set in. The coast of Capbreton is known for it's intense and often risky waves that are prized by surfers.

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He is a former worldwide surfer for France who joined Quiksilver 30 years ago at their European HQ in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Quiksilver, known for its surfwear, was founded in Australia but is now majority-owned by an American investment group, Oaktree Capital Management, and based in California.

Soon after Mr Agnes took over, Quiksilver changed its name to Boardriders, as it took the Roxy and DC Shoes brands under its corporate umbrella.

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Slater wrote that he was praying a miracle would happen but it was starting to hit him what profound of an effect Agnes had on his life and on the surf community in general. In France, Agnes served as the European headquarters chief prior to becoming the CEO in 2015 of the entire business.

Earlier this month Boardriders announced its plan to acquire competition Billabong. We will update this story as news develops.

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