Quiksilver CEO Lost at Sea

Ashley Carr
January 31, 2018

An air and sea search is underway for Pierre Agnes, the CEO of Quiksilver, after his empty boat washed up on the French coastline near surfing locale Hossegor.

The boat washed up shortly after 9:15am at Hossegor, a famed surfing spot about 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Biarritz, the local authorities said in a statement.

Agnes, a great surfer and fisherman, knows the area and waves really well and would have done the trip thousands of times so everyone is somewhat stunned.

The coastguard was alerted after Agnes' 11-metre vessel was found on the coastline on Tuesday.

Mr Agnes was due to become the president of Boardriders and remain a board member, with chief turnaround officer Dave Turner replacing him.

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"I'm praying for a miracle but it's just starting to hit me what a profound effect this man had on my life and the surf community at large", he wrote.

"We are concentrating on working with the local authorities on the search and rescue effort and supporting Pierre's family", Boardriders said.

Quiksilver and Billabong both started out in Australia more than 40 years ago and used surf culture to sell clothing around the world.

The Frencman, who joined the company almost 30 years ago, has always been based at Quiksilver's European headquarters in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, just south of Biarritz. He left the port of Capbreton at 7:30 am, but never made back to the shore.

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