The Draupner wave or New Year's wave was the first rogue wave to be detected by a measuring instrument, occurring at the Draupner platform in the North Sea off the coast of Norway on 1 January 1995. Prior to this measurement, such freak waves were known to exist only through anecdotal evidence provided by those who had encountered them at sea.
Minor damage was inflicted on the platform during this event, confirming the validity of the reading made by a downwards-pointing laser sensor. In an area with significant wave height of approximately 12 metres (39 ft), a freak wave with a maximum wave height of 25.6 metres (84 ft) occurred (peak elevation was 18.5 metres (61 ft)).
- Sverre Haver (5 August 2003). Freak wave event at Draupner jacket 1 January 1995. (PDF)
- Paul H. Taylor. The shape of the Draupner Wave of 1 January 1995 (PDF) retrieved 20 January 2007.
- YouTube. Video reconstruction of rogue waves, from BBC documentary.
- "On the crest of a freak wave" Oxford Science Blog article of Draupner wave