CEO at Quiksilver Surfwear Missing at Sea

On Wednesday, search operations resumed after an empty boat that belongs to Pierre Agnes Quiksilver surfwear brand CEO washed ashore on the southwest coast of France.

On Tuesday, Agnes was first reported missing after his Mascaret III was found on the Atlantic Ocean beach at Hossegor, close to Capbreton his hometown which is located only 20 miles to the north of Biarritz.

Agnes, a father of three has not been seen since leaving on a regular fishing expedition in the morning on Tuesday according to the company he owns.

Authorities working in the area where the boat washed ashore, which is an area very popular with surfers due to the big Atlantic waves, said that search efforts had resumed early on Wednesday after rescue officials paused them overnight.

Quiksilver was founded in Australia but is currently part of the apparel group Boardriders, which is based in California. In France, Agnes served as the European headquarters chief prior to becoming the CEO in 2015 of the entire business.

In a prepared statement released on Wednesday, Boardriders said the Agnes, who is 54, did what he often did many mornings going fishing on his boat to begin the day, but never returned.

The statement continued by saying the Boardriders family as well as the entire surfing world has been devastated by this and the company is putting its full attention on working with local authorities in their efforts of search and rescue while at the same time supporting the family of Agnes.

Kelly Slater, an American surfer posted Agnes’ picture on his Instagram say he loved the man and added that Agnes’ boat had washed ashore in the early morning fog.

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.

Despite his traveling around the world on business, Agnes remained much attached to his hometown and the local waters described as tumultuous, according to a profile that appears on a local news website covering Sudouest.

Earlier in January, Boardriders bought Billabong an Australian brand for $155 million.

The Atlantic waters in the area where Agnes went missing are very cold at this time of the year and in that particular area can be very rough even if there are not any heavy winds in the area.

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