Pierre Agnes, the CEO of Boardriders, the parent of Quicksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes, went missing on Tuesday following a morning ride on his boat in south-west France. French authorities called off the search on Thursday.

Owl Creek Asset Management acquired an activist stake in Brunswick Corp. and is encouraging it to spin out its fitness business.

Luxottica reported sales in the fourth quarter grew 4.3 percent at constant exchange rates. Oakley scored its best quarterly performance over the last two years.

Safilo, the parent of Smith and a number of other eyewear brands, said it’s expecting profitability for its year ended December 31 to be impacted by the somewhat larger decline in sales than planned in the fourth quarter.

Asics announced that its investment subsidiary, Asics Ventures Corp., has made its first investment, taking a stake in AI Silk Corp.,  a venture company affiliated with Tohoku University that develops conductive textiles.

Pershing Square Capital, the $12+ billion dollar hedge fund run by activist Bill Ackman, acquired a passive stake in Nike.

Escalade Sports has become the exclusive North American distributor of Vuly, a leader in trampolines and swing sets.

Dick’s Sporting Goods opened a regional distribution facility at the Broome County Corporate Park, 9.4 miles south of Binghamton, in Conklin, NY.

As part of its ongoing transformation, Payless ShoeSource said it was increasing the number of North America associates who work closer to the store level while reducing layers between its corporate headquarters and retail stores.

Schuylkill Valley Sports promoted Ryan Bohl to director of team & group sales.

The Rossignol Group announced the appointment of Thor Verdonk as Lange brand director.

Pentland Brands appointed Chirag Patel COO. Patel joined the Pentland Brands executive team as director of strategy & portfolio in 2017, where he led the team behind the investment in US sneaker brand, SeaVees, and the footwear joint venture business with the Lacoste Group.

OrthoLite, the maker of insoles, announced the promotion of C.B. Tuite to chief sales officer as the company expands globally and identifies strategic opportunities. For the last three years, he previously served as the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Crocs debuted Drew Barrymore ♥ Crocs for women and children.

Orangetheory Fitness, the fitness franchise, announced its significant achievements in 2017, opening 294 new studios worldwide, as well as reporting more than $738 million in system-wide revenue and a 7.5 percent increase same store sales.

Herb Bauer Sporting Goods in Fresno is closing after 68 years in business.

Charlie Domenici, founder and owner of Charlie’s Sporting Goods in Albuquerque, passed away at the age of 88.

Mastercard announced that Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s has chosen the company to be the network for the outdoor retailer’s combined consumer credit co-brand portfolio. Mastercard has long been the network on the Bass Pro Shops co-brand program.

Unifi appointed Eddie Ingle to VP of global corporate sustainability, supply chain and general manager of Recycled Chip and Flake.

FitStation, the collaboration between Brooks Running, HP, Superfeet, Rsscan, DESMA and Huntsman with a goal on individualized performance footwear, collected ISPO’s top award: ‘Product of the Year,’ issued within the category of Health & Fitness.

Boot Barn Holdings reported earnings rose 18 percent in the third quarter ended December 31, topping guidance.

The Bon-Ton Stores announced the 42 locations that will be closed as part of its previously-communicated store rationalization program.

NEMO Equipment received REI’s overarching Vendor Partner of the Year award. NRS, Oboz, Osprey and La Sportiva were also recognized as top vendor partners.

Fleet Feet Sports landed at 90 and Pro Image Sports at 110 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 Franchise 500 list of the nation’s top franchise opportunities.

Yuba Bikes relocated its office and warehouse headquarters to a larger space in Cotati, CA from Petaluma to manage production growth.

Exped USA, a subsidiary of Exped AG in Zurich, Switzerland, moved its office to Tacoma, WA and made key personnel changes.

Korkers Products, the maker of traction footwear, announced the hiring of C-J Rep LLC as its new sales representative agency for New England.

As a part of Argon 18’s ongoing drive to expand its presence in the USA, the high-end bicycle manufacture announced the signing of new independent sales agencies in the Midwest, Rocky Mountains and Texas regions to closely service retail accounts.

Mountain Safety Research (MSR), the Seattle-based leader in high-performance outdoor equipment, named Scott Youmans as its stoves and combustion category manager.

According to Golf Datatech’s National Rounds Played Report, rounds played on a national level were up 4.1 percent in December 2017 compared to December 2016. Total year 2017 compared to 2016 rounds were down 2.7 percent.

American adults are expected to spend an average $81.17 for a total of $15.3 billion as an estimated 188.5 million people watch the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl next month, according to the annual survey released by National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Despite an onslaught of negative news linking football to head injuries and concussions, the American public remains strongly opposed to major rule changes that would reduce the violence of the game, according to a survey from Research America.

Vail Resorts and Telluride Ski & Golf jointly announced that the Telluride Ski Resort will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a long-term alliance beginning with 2018-19 winter season, bringing the total to 46 mountain resorts for skiers and snowboarders.

Fjällräven, the Swedish heritage outdoor brand, announced the dates of its keynote annual trekking event, the Fjällräven Classic, to be held from June 27 through June 29, 2018 in the Colorado Rockies near Fjällräven North America’s home in Colorado.

The winners of the eighth annual Inspiration Awards, presented by Adidas Outdoor, included Lifetime Achievement: Jake Burton Carpenter and Donna Carpenter; Retailer: Gear Coop in Costa Mesa, CA and Manufacturer: United By Blue.

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