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CEO of surfing brand Quiksilver missing off French coast

31 January 2018, 07:34 | Kenneth Drake

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See More Images Pierre Agnes in Hawaii in December

The CEO of a popular surf brand is missing at sea - and his ship has washed up on France's Atlantic coast Tuesday.

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.

Three helicopters and two boats were searching for Agnes while agents scoured the coast.

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

Pierre Agnès has been working for Quiksilver since 1998.

Mr Agnès travels widely on business but spends as much time as possible in south-western France, where he first surfed.

"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.

"I love this man", Kelly Slater, an 11-time World Surf League champion, said in an Instagram post.

Quiksilver's parent company, Boardriders Inc., now controls an extensive portfolio of action sports brands including Quiksilver, Roxy, DC Shoes, Billabong, RVCA, Element, VonZipper, and Xcel.

Quiksilver, known for its surf wear, was founded in Australia but is now majority-owned by an American investment group and based in Huntington Beach, California.

Quiksilver filed for bankruptcy in 2015.



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