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Quiksilver surfwear boss missing at sea off French coast

01 February, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Samuel Sharp
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Agnes, who joined the company almost 30 years ago, was long based at Quiksilver's European headquarters in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, just south of Biarritz.

Pierre Agnes, CEO of Boardriders, parent company, set sail early on Tuesday but did not return. The area along France's west coast is renowned among surfers for its intense, sometimes violent waves. Shortly after, four vessels and four helicopters were sent out in search of Agnes.

Search operations were suspended at around 9pm Tuesday night and resumed Wednesday morning, with patrols scouring the French coast by air and sea for the CEO and father of three.

"We are concentrating on working with the local authorities on the search and rescue effort and supporting Pierre's family", Boardriders said.

Under the terms of the deal, which was slated to close in the first half of this year, Agnes was to become president of the combined company and lead what Boardriders called "a substantial part" of the companies' integration.


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.

"His boat was recovered on the beach near his hometown and Pierre has not been heard from since", the company said in a statement.

Agnes served as the head of Quiksilver's France-based European headquarters before taking charge of the entire company in 2015.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family all at this time, as well as the search and rescue teams", it said.

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