Pierre Agnes
Boardriders CEO Pierre Agnes lives inside French resort of Capbreton with his wife in addition to children.

The head of surfwear brand Quiksilver is actually missing inside Atlantic Ocean after his boat was found washed up on a French beach.

Pierre Agnes — the CEO of Boardriders, Quiksilver’s parent company — set out aboard his motorboat on a routine fishing trip on Tuesday morning coming from Capbreton, a surfing resort in southwestern France.

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French authorities deployed four vessels in addition to four helicopters on Tuesday to search for him after the boat was discovered run aground in addition to empty on a beach along the French coast north of Biarritz.

“The Boardriders family in addition to entire surfing world are devastated by This specific news,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “We are concentrating on working with the local authorities on the search in addition to rescue effort in addition to supporting Pierre’s family.”

French authorities had called off the search by Wednesday afternoon. The coast guard said there was little chance that will Agnes had survived.

Pierre Agnes boat
Agnes’ boat was found washed up on a beach in southwestern France on Tuesday.

Agnes often goes fishing inside morning on his “beloved boat” to start his day, Boardriders said. He lives in Capbreton, his hometown, with his wife in addition to three children.

His disappearance caused consternation inside surfing community around the earth.

“I love This specific man,” Kelly Slater, an 11-time World Surf League champion, said in an Instagram post.

“I’m praying for a miracle although the item’s just starting to hit me what a profound effect This specific man had on my life in addition to the surf community at large,” wrote Slater, who used to be sponsored by Quiksilver.

In a statement, the earth Surf League noted the “deeply concerning reports” about Agnes’ disappearance.

“Our thoughts in addition to prayers are with his friends in addition to family all at This specific time, as well as the search in addition to rescue teams,” the item said.

Related: Quiksilver is actually merging with Billabong

Agnes recently oversaw a deal that will brought Quiksilver together with rival surf brand Billabong under the Boardriders umbrella.

Quiksilver in addition to Billabong both commenced out in Australia more than 40 years ago in addition to used surf culture to sell clothing around the earth.

Their popularity peaked inside 1990s, when their board shorts were a common sight on beaches coming from Bondi to Hawaii. although they both ran into trouble more recently with sinking sales in addition to profits.

Quiksilver filed for bankruptcy in 2015. the item was bailed out by Oaktree Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based investment firm that will specializes in buying companies in financial difficulties in addition to turning them around.

sy88pgw (Hong Kong) First published January 30, 2018: 11:27 PM ET