Quiksilver CEO missing at sea off France

Pierre Agnes CEO of Quiksilver is missing off the coast of France. Images Benjamin BXNGX  Twitter  Instagram

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.

Nearly three hours later, his 36ft sailboat - the Mascaret III - was found empty and washed up on the French Atlantic coast.

Boardriders, which owns Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes, on Wednesday said Pierre Agnes had gone missing while on his usual morning fishing trip.

But the situation turned serious when Agnes's boat washed ashore empty later that day in Hossengor.

The region is known for having occasional risky waves.

According to local reports, French authorities have deployed multiple boats and helicopters throughout the vicinity to search for Agnes but had to end search efforts late Tuesday.

"The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news", the statement said.

The Maritime Prefect said in a statement: "At 2.35pm, after consultation with the director of the CROSS (Regional Operational Monitoring and Rescue Centre) of Etel, the maritime prefect of the Atlantic decides to suspend research at sea by directed means". Please keep Pierre and his family in your prayers.

Professional surfer Kelly Slater, a former Quiksliver athlete, took to Instagram to express his shock and grief. I also write and produce things, and am happy to be a part of the COED team. "I'm not even sure how to let it sink in".

Agnes was head of its France-based European headquarters before being named company CEO in 2015. With a larger and stronger platform, we see many exciting opportunities for our employees, customers, suppliers, and athletes. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories.

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