Two days ago Pierre Agńes’ fishing boat was found empty washed up on the shores of La Graviere.
After a 48 hours of tireless searching along the Landes coastline, the coastguard has officially called the search off. Mr Agnes was last heard from on Tuesday morning, when he contacted the Capbreton harbour masters to say he would postponing his return due to dense fog. While it is not yet known what happened subsequently, some have speculated his boat may have capsized due to the large swell running, or even been hit by a larger vessel.
Mr Agnes has worked for Quiksilver for nearly 30 years, and was appointed CEO back in 2015. He is a beloved family man, avid surfer, fisherman and all round good guy and he will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.
Since the news broke tributes have been pouring in from around the world and we too would like to extend our condolences to his friends, family and everyone in the wider surf community.
C’est trop dur. Je ne sais même pas par où commencer. Pierre, tu étais mon deuxième père…. Je n’arrive pas à y croire, je ne veux pas y croire ! Tu as toujours pensé aux autres avant tout. C’est tellement injuste. Tu m’as donné ma chance à l’âge de 9 ans alors que je n’avais rien. Merci d’avoir changé ma vie. Merci d’avoir cru en moi tout ce temps. Merci de m’avoir remis à ma place à grand coup de pied au cul quand je dérapais. Tu m’as appris beaucoup dans la vie. Ta magnifique famille c’est toujours occupé de moi dans les moments difficiles. Le monde du surf te doit beaucoup. La famille Flores te doit beaucoup. Tu as changé la vie de centaines de personnes pour le mieux. Tu as était emporté par l’océan que tu aimais tant, dans les Landes. Je n’oublierais jamais nos sorties pêches en mer toutes au long de cette côte. C’était ton moment de décompresser. Chaque session je penserais à toi. Tu serras toujours un exemple et un père pour moi, pour toujours ! Marianne, Mathieu, Marine et Manon je vous aime fort et vous pourrez toujours compter sur moi ❤️—�—�—�—�—�—�—�—�—�-—�- I don’t even know where to start. Surfing has lost a great man yesterday. Taken by the ocean that he loved so much. I will never forget our countless of times fishing at the exact spot where he was taken. I can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. He was the hardest working man i knew. Always doing his best for others. It’s not fair. Thank you for everything Pierre. Thank you for changing my life. You gave me a chance when i was 9 years old when i had nothing and never stopped believing in me since. You changed many life for the better. Thank you for putting me back in my place when I was screwing around. Thank you for being REAL. There was never any bullshit with you. You teach me a lot about balance in life. Your beautiful family was always there for me. You will always be a second father. Marianne, Marine, Mathieu & Manon, love you guys ❤️
I love this man. @pierre_agnes went missing in Hossegor today when his boat washed ashore in the cold, early morning fog. I’m praying for a miracle but it’s just starting to hit me what a profound effect this man had on my life and the surf community at large. He loved his morning fishing trips, family, @quiksilver, surfing, friends, motorbikes, Capbreton…I’m not even sure how to let it sink in. ?
I still can’t believe this? It’s like a movie or something!! I stayed with Pierre on my first trip to France he was the Quiksilver Team Manager. That was about 30 years ago. It’s a long time to know someone. He was an amazing person, always straight with you wether it be good or bad. Going to miss you old mate. ???
Hier on as perdu un GRAND HOMME, un homme qui as toujours mis ça famille en premier, un homme qui a traité tout le monde avec du respect , un EXAMPLE pour le monde du surf et quelqu’un qui a toujours cru en moi. Merci pour tout ce que tu as fait pour notre famille, tu vas nous manquer Pierre . Merci pour ce que tu as fait pour le surf européen et mondial. Je suis fière de t’appeler mon amis. Une énorme pensée à une des plus belle famille que j’ai connu. Mathieu, Marine, Marianne et Manon on est la pour vous ❤️ || Yesterday we lost a great man. A man who I loved as much as anyone, who loved his family more than anything else, a man who believed in me and supported me every day. Thank you for everything you have done for my family. Thank you for everything you have done not only for me but for the European and international surfing community. See you out in the ocean my friend Pierre. ❤️❤️
LOST AT SEA…. REST IN PARADISE ?PIERRE AGNES ? @pierre_agnes —Taken By The Ocean That He Loved So Much… At 2:35 p.m. Local Time today, after SEARCHING all morning again, CROSS, the French Navy, announced the (SEARCH CALLED OFF For Pierre) Yesterday morning, QUIKSILVER CEO — and longtime SURFER, FISHERMAN & FAMILY MAN — Pierre Agnes left the Capbreton harbor at 7:30 a.m. Seas were rough and visibility was less-than-ideal. According to the Guardian, he sent a message to port authorities indicating that he was delaying his return because of thick fog. A couple hours later, his boat washed ashore near Hossegor approximately 9:30 a.m. & a search was immediately launched. With water temps around 12 degrees celsius, (53 Fahrenheit), it’s estimated that a human can survive for approximately three hours before hypothermia sets in, which had officials rightly concerned. Our Prayers & Thoughts are with the Agnes Ohana, Marianne, Marine, Mathieu and Manon. You are in our hearts ♥️ @billabong @dcshoes @quiksilver @roxy #art #music // Sunset: @tim_bonython Music: Oceans Eleven// Memorial Edit By: Da Hui