31 January, 2018
French coastguards are searching for the head of a leading surfing equipment company after his boat was found washed ashore in south-western France.
Pierre Agnes CEO of Quiksilver has been declared lost at sea and huge search has been launched.
The area is known for intense, sometimes unsafe waves and boasts surf breaks pursued by the world's best surfers.
His 11-metre Mascaret III speedboat was found on a beach of the French Coast.
Agnes sent a message to port authorities indicating that he was delaying his return because of thick fog.
Quiksilver CEO Lost at Sea
Mr Agnes, a father of three, joined Quiksilver in 1998, when the Australian brand began to expand internationally.
"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", wrote Slater, who used to be sponsored by Quiksilver. 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.
Quiksilver is a well-known surf-wear company founded in Australia near the shores of Torquay.
Mr Agnes joined Boardriders Inc. - formally known as Quiksilver - almost 30 years ago and works out of the European headquarters near Biarritz.
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