Search for Agnes continues
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 January, 2018 - Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes is reported missing after his mangled speedboat was found washed ashore in Hossegor. Agnes is reported to have left early yesterday morning from Capbreton harbor to go fishing. He never returned and his boat, the the 36-foot Mascaret III, was found near Les Culs Nus, site of several Quiksilver Pro France contests.
French authorities dispatched several helicopters, boats, surf rescuers in wetsuits and beach patrols to look for any sign of Agnes. The search focused on the area north of La Graviere up to Le Penon, a distance of a couple miles while search crews could also be seen as far south as Capbreton.
The surf yesterday was not exeptionally large, but solid head-high with light offshores and cold, gray skies. The infamous shorebreak of the area was in full effect at high tide in the afternoon.
One of several search boats, shown during a lull between 6-foot sets
Agnes was appointed CEO in 2015 and oversees Boardriders, the parent company of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC. Recently it was announced that the company would purchase shares in Billabong merging 630 stores in more than 28 countries.
The close-knit surf crew in Hossegor was in shock as industry persons frantically checked phones for any updates or further information on the search for Agnes. Social media lit up with the story on the search for Agnes and Kelly Slater posted that he was praying for a miracle that they find Agnes.
We are hoping for a miracle," said Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of the WSL. "Very upsetting reports out of France this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with Pierre's family as well as the search and rescue teams."
More on this story as it develops...
Pierre Agnes' speedboat with extensive damage