Meanwhile it was almost 10ft deep off the rocks exposed right along the north end of Maroubra so only huge surf would break on the very deep sand banks. In 1974 members of the Division formed part of the first Coastal Patrol crew of a radio relay vessel in the Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. Ill try dig up some old pics! (ABC Central Coast: Jake Lapham) There were waves breaking at least 500 to 600 metres past the outside section where the normal take off zone was. So sad some richies lost their beach houses, my heart bleeds. Between May 24 and June 16, 1974, the Sydney coastline was lashed by three storms that caused enormous damage to the coastline and altered the built landscape forever. “I somehow managed to get out of the drain and make it to shore. It was Marcello Pirto’s favourite music. Was it the epic surf we had in March or the massive six metre waves in June 2007 that pushed the Pasha Bulker freighter onto Nobbys Beach in Newcastle? It was pitch black, but I could see water pouring through, funnelling in past the Skillion and over the oval bringing rocks and debris with it. Later on I realised it was the water frothing up around us. Far better than any waves at Maroubra or Bondi during that Winter. At Newcastle, where wind speeds reached up to 170km/h. “There was a swell coming up around 11pm the night before, then I got a knock on my door at around 4am with a mate telling me the dive centre was in trouble. A Terrigal hotel was evacuated, houses on millionaires' row were threatened, and a boardwalk was heavily damaged on Sunday night. Four decades after three mates in their car were swept into the sea off Terrigal by a catastrophic storm, the survivors have returned to the scene to remember the one who didn’t make it. At Terrigal, a 19-year-old man drowned when huge waves smashed across a camping ground and hurled the car in which he was sitting into the ocean. “Apparently he was barking and wouldn’t let anyone come near,” Mr Howlett said. Houses started to become threatened during the storm that occurred on the 25-26 May 1974. The seaside resort town of Terrigal also copped a beating on Sunday night when huge waves smashed walls at a lakeside lodge, caused severe damage … During May 1974 the NSW coast was battered by storm-force winds and heavy seas. “There are still remains of three caravans in the water, remnants of this terrible storm,” he said. Let the wealthy on the beach suffer, the more the better, it’s nice to see they are paying the price for the rape of my and everyone else who thinks like one’s, planet. Glen Beckers, of Terrigal, was 11 when he helped his dad pull the sunken car out of The Haven. During its 150-minute peak the gale, with gusts of up to 170km/h, buffeted the whole region and caused incredible damage. Coogee’s reef and outer reef became mere obstacles to avoid at the end of the wave. “It was pitch black and I was completely disorientated. We lost the original dive shop that night, which was in the old timber Terrigal Sailing Club building where the barbecues are now,” said Mr Graham. We lose our beaches is what it means! Since then, sightseers from around the world have made the pilgrimage to Stockton beach to see the Sygna. Gold Silver Bronze 1974 Hamilton Peter Commette (USA) Norman Freeman (USA) Chris Boome (USA) 1976 Kiel John Bertrand (USA) Barry Thom (NZL) Ed Adams (USA) 1977 Cabo Frío John Bertrand (USA) Peter Commette (USA) Mark Neeleman (NED) 1979 Perth Lasse Hjortnæs (DEN) Peter Conde (AUS) Andrew Menkart (USA) 1980 Kingston Ed Baird (USA) Jose Barcel Dias (BRA) John Cutler (NZL) 1982 … A Terrigal hotel was evacuated, houses on millionaires' row were threatened, and a boardwalk was heavily damaged on Sunday night. But the freak storm, which caused havoc across the coast, ended up taking has life when the car they was sleeping in was washed away by waves “the size of two double-decker buses”. The cyclone threw the Sygna, a Norwegian bulk carrier, on to Stockton beach. The coastal walk near Wylies and the down at Mahon pool are packed with dogs off the leash in areas where it is illegal. Furthermore it would serve humanity in general greatly if these rich imbeciles and every last element of their prodigy where annihilated by said storms, it would eradicated the obscene greed inherent to the wealthy and free up their funds to invest in environmental strategies to benefit all people. I hope i am still around to see another storm swell like the magic of 74. It was so bad last night! Regards Perfect 5 to 6 foot waves breaking out in line with the point. The Beast has grown from 10,000 copies of a 40-page mag to a whopping 62,020 copy, 100-plus page behemoth - the largest distribution of any publication in the area. It was replaced by a temporary metal demountable that ended up lasting about five years until the $200,000 modern tower was built. It is a storm still recalled with awe and amazement by Central Coast residents who witnessed it’s 128kmph gale force fury. how big was harbour’s???? What does it mean for us? The bomby’s pebble was massive, there were waves breaking so far out in areas which i had never seen before. Even the Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay beaches weren’t spared. Gary Howlett and a group of his friends cast 40 flowers into the sea at Terrigal Haven and observed a minute’s silence in recognition of Marcello Pirto, 19, who drowned on that night of May 26, 1974. The erosion was so bad at the time that some of the homes were in danger of giving way to erosion and falling into the sea. Posted by: Lachy | December 9, 2015, 10:54 AM |, No was not there or even born yet!! The storm was described as the worst to hit those beachside suburbs since 1974. ‘Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book; everything you wanted to know about surf, sand and rips’ is now a bestseller and is available at all good book stores and online at www.scienceofthesurf.com. “Me, Marcello, our mate Steve and my dog Sunshine were sheltering in the car, as my uncle’s caravan which we had been sleeping in started lurching around as the storm took hold. 1974 www.terrigaltrojans.rugbynet.com.au All prices include GST. There were piles of rocks exposed from the south end, right up to the middle of the beach. Both of these storms were caused by East Coast Cyclones, which are intense low-pressure systems that tend to form literally overnight in the Tasman Sea, just off our coast, and last for a few days. 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