Boardriders CEO missing off French coast

Ann Santiago
January 31, 2018

Mr Agnes, 54, was declared missing by port authorities when he reportedly set sail on Tuesday morning but did not return.

The head of surfwear brand Quiksilver is missing in the Atlantic Ocean after his boat was found washed up on a French beach.

The region is known for having occasional unsafe waves.

The coastguard was alerted after Agnes' 11-metre vessel was found on the coastline on Tuesday. According to local news reports, at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, the Frenchman took his 36-foot motorboat fishing for squid off the coast of Hossegor, a popular surfing beach north of Biarritz that's home to an annual World Surf League contest.

Mr Agnes was due to become the president of Boardriders and remain a board member, with chief turnaround officer Dave Turner replacing him.

Two boats and three helicopters went on the search for Agnes, French authorities said.

Surf legend Kelly Slater posted a tribute to Mr Agnes on Wednesday, saying he is "praying for a miracle" he is found alive.

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.

Agnes, who has been with the iconic brand for almost 30 years, became the CEO of the now-struggling company in 2015.

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