Pierre Agnes: Boardriders boss goes missing at sea in France

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Agnes, 54, had told authorities he was delaying his return because of thick fog, but his 36-foot boat was later found on the beach empty and upside down, about 20 miles from Hossegor, the famed resort.

The speedboat belonging to sportswear maker Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes lays ashore on the beach of Hossegor, southwestern France, Tuesday.

Authorities from the Landes prefecture said winds were mild in the region, but waves nearing 2.5 metres in height were limiting visibility.

The coastguard was alerted after Agnes' 11-metre vessel was found on the coastline on Tuesday. The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news.

"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.




Three helicopters and two rescue boats are searching for the chief executive while trackers on land scour the coast.

Quiksilver, which was founded in Australia, makes clothing for surfers and surfing aficionados.

Mr Agnes joined Boardriders Inc. - formally known as Quiksilver - almost 30 years ago and works out of the European headquarters near Biarritz.

Agnes' beached boat, found this morning in SW France.

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