Top surfwear CEO is missing after his boat washes up in France

Mr Agnes, a father of three, joined Quiksilver in 1998, when the Australian brand began to expand internationally.

Agnes went fishing early Tuesday and has not been heard from since his boat was recovered later in the morning on the beach near his hometown, Boardriders said in a statement. He later radioed to port authorities that his return would be delayed because of thick fog. The coast of Capbreton is known for it's intense and often risky waves that are prized by surfers.

The empty boat was found on the sand in Hossegor in southern France, the Associated Press said. Shortly after, four vessels and four helicopters were sent out in search of Agnes.

French authorities have launched a search operation.

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Authorities working in the area where the boat washed ashore, which is an area very popular with surfers due to the big Atlantic waves, said that search efforts had resumed early on Wednesday after rescue officials paused them overnight.

Under the terms of the deal, which was slated to close in the first half of this year, Agnes was to become president of the combined company and lead what Boardriders called "a substantial part" of the companies' integration.

"He loved his morning fishing trips, family, Quiksilver, surfing, friends, motorbikes, Capbreton.I'm not even sure how to let it sink in".

Soon after Mr Agnes took over, Quiksilver changed its name to Boardriders, as it took the Roxy and DC Shoes brands under its corporate umbrella.

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