Quiksilver surfwear boss missing at sea off French coast

Quiksilver surfwear boss missing at sea off French coast

An air and sea search is underway for Pierre Agnes, the CEO of Quiksilver, after his empty boat washed up on the French coastline near surfing locale Hossegor.

Rescuers from the French coastguard are scouring the Bay of Biscay off Hossegor in an operation that involves three helicopters and two boats.

"His boat was recovered on the beach near his hometown and Pierre has not been heard from since", the company said in a statement.

The sea search continued after dark but the land search was suspended until Wednesday morning.

Rescue services were unable to say if the Frenchman had been alone.

Surfing legend Kelly Slater posted a photo of Mr Agnes, pictured above, to his Instagram page saying he was "praying for a miracle".

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family all at this time, as well as the search and rescue teams", it said. Soon after he took over as CEO, Quiksilver brought its other brands, including Roxy clothing and DC Shoes, under the same corporate umbrella.

Quiksilver is a well-known surf-wear company founded in Australia near the shores of Torquay.

Their popularity peaked in the 1990s, when their board shorts were a common sight on beaches from Bondi to Hawaii.

Quiksilver filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

L.A. -based Oaktree Capital Management owns most of Boardriders.

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