The search is underway for Pierre Agnès, the CEO of Quiksilver—now rebranded as Boardriders—after his boat, a 36-foot fishing boat named “Mascaret III,” washed up on the shore of France’s west coast unmanned early Tuesday morning. An immediate search and rescue operation is currently ongoing.
Agnès, who has been at Quiksilver/Boardriders for 30 years, is known as an experienced and proficient waterman. Possible causes of his disappearance are unknown, although the weather and waves in the area where he disappeared were poor. According to Carve magazine reports, the 54-year-old Agnès departed an area near Biarritz, a seaside resort in France, on his boat at around 7:30 a.m. with the intention to go fishing in Capbreton Harbor—located at the mouth of the Boudigau and Bourret rivers.
A solo fishing excursion is not an uncommon morning routine for Agnès, but today had a bizarre outcome. The surf brand CEO radioed into the harbormaster around 9 a.m. to say he was delaying his return due to bad fog. But only a half hour later, his empty boat was found washed up on the beach at La Graviere—near famed surfing spot Hossegor—less than four miles away.
Currently, there are multiple helicopters and a fleet of boats searching the Atlantic water for Agnès, while officials and civilians scour beaches and the coastline. Currently, search and rescue officials are reporting rough seas in the area, but no fog. Currently, the wind is light and visibility is clear.
Surf photographer Tim Nunn told Carve that he witnessed the scene as the rescue unfolded. “Literally just got out of the water, everyone at La Graviere was looking for him in between sets,” he reported. “Five helicopters in the air, six boats, four jet skis, a boat washed up on the beach…so heavy. The lifeguards on the beach asked me to look out for a body whilst I was swimming around.”
Official reports state that two boats and three helicopters are involved in the search, however. At the time of this report, officials were unable to determine whether or not Agnès was alone at the time of his disappearance.