- The CEO of Quiksilver’s parent company went missing after his boat was found washed up on the southwest coast of France.
- French authorities launched a search operation on Tuesday, but it was called off Wednesday afternoon.
- Pierre Agnes is CEO of Boardriders, the company that owns Quiksilver.
Surfing fans across the world are devastated after French authorities confirmed that the search for Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes has been suspended.
Agnes was reported missing Tuesday after his boat washed up on the southwest coast of France near Biarritz.
French authorities launched a search operation, sending boats and helicopters to look for Agnes, 54, on Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, the search was called off as authorities said that there was little chance of Agnes still being alive, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Agnes had set out on his boat early Tuesday morning but sent a message to port authorities later in the day to say that he would be delaying his return due to thick fog, according to Reuters.
His 36-foot boat was then found washed up on the coast near Biarritz.
Agnes is the CEO of Boardriders, the company that owns Quiksilver and Roxy.
Boardriders issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon:
“Early this morning our CEO, Pierre Agnes, did what he did many mornings and went fishing on his beloved boat to start his day. Later in the morning, his boat was recovered on the beach near his hometown and Pierre has not been heard from since. The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news. Given the situation on the ground is still evolving, our statements today will be limited. We are concentrating on working with the local authorities on the search and rescue effort and supporting Pierre’s family. Please keep Pierre and his family in your prayers. Thank you.”