FRANCE (HawaiiNewsNow) - French rescuers have ended their search for missing Quiksilver CEO Pierre Agnes, who went missing after going fishing in waters near Capbreton, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.
The 54-year-old was reported missing on Tuesday after his empty boat washed ashore near his hometown, according to a statement issued by Quiksilver's parent company, Boardriders.
"The Boardriders family and entire surfing world are devastated by this news," the statement said. The company also owns the Roxy and DC Shoe brands.
Agnes reportedly told local authorities that he was delaying his return to shore because heavy fog was making navigation difficult. Less than three hours later, the Times reports, his overturned vessel was found on the beach.
Several boats and a helicopter were used to help search for Agnes in the days after his boat was discovered.
He first joined Quiksilver in 1998. The company was very active in the Hawaii surf scene, known for sponsoring contests like the one named for the famed Hawaii waterman Eddie Aikau.
Kelly Slater posted an Instagram photo, saying, "I love this man."