Pierre Agnes: Quiksilver surfwear boss missing at sea

  • Pierre Agnes: Quiksilver surfwear boss missing at sea

Pierre Agnes: Quiksilver surfwear boss missing at sea

Nearly three hours later, his 36ft sailboat - the Mascaret III - was found empty and washed up on the French Atlantic coast.

The region is known for having occasional unsafe waves.

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

Three helicopters and two boats were continuing their search for Agnes after dark but searches on land were suspended.

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

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. The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news.

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.

The missing exec joined Quicksilver, an Australian surfwear brand now based in the United States, almost 30 years ago and working out of the European headquarters near Biarritz.

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