Boardriders CEO Missing Off French Coast

by Ben Pena January 31, 2018, 4:19
Boardriders CEO Missing Off French Coast

News reports said Agnes, 54, went fishing early Tuesday and went missing later that day when his empty boat washed ashore near Hossegor, 100 miles south of Bordeaux and 25 miles north of Biarritz, in hard waters and foggy conditions.

French coastguard searched the Bay of Biscay for Pierre Agnes, chief executive of Boardriders Inc. - formerly known as Quicksilver - who set sail from a nearby surf resort in the morning. His boat was found near Hossegor, a famed surfing spot north of Biarritz.

Rescuers did not say whether he had been traveling alone. Three helicopters and two boats have been sent out in search of the 54-year-old. Rough seas were reported in the area, though wind was light and visibility was clear.

Agnes was the head of its France-based European headquarters before being named CEO of the whole company in 2015.

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

Earlier this month Boardriders said it was preparing to buy its Australian rival Billabong, creating a group that would have a combined 630 stores in 28 countries.

It is now majority-owned by an American investment group and based in Huntington Beach, California.

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