Quiksilver CEO missing in French waters as empty boat washes ashore

Marcus Newton
January 31, 2018

French authorities have deployed boats and helicopters after Pierre Agnes' 11-metre Mascaret III speedboat was found on the beach on Tuesday in nearby Hossegor.

Pierre Agnès set sail on Tuesday morning but did not return.

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.

Two boats and three helicopters are now involved in a search to find Mr Agnes, according to authorities.

Pierre Agnes had gone out fishing as he usually does to start his day, according to officials with the parent company of the Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes brands.

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It is not yet known if Mr Agnes was alone or with others, but despite rough seas, the area had low winds and good visibility at the time of his disappearance.

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.

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

An American investment group, Oaktree Capital, controls Boardriders and already owns 19 per cent of Billabong.

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