Here's a lecture video, 10:41minutes long, I just came across today. It is not new, came out around February, 2011 earlier this year. It is timeless, and it needs to be watched again to appreciate it:
For wave aficionados just seeing the name of "Eric Heller" with words "freak waves" would know immediately this must be a jackpot. Just watch and listen you will know why that is the case!
Earlier this year, about the same time frame of this video, I had a post which I called "An impressive simulation of freaque waves in the ocean". That young professor, Lev Kaplan, from Tulane who presented that simulation at a colloquium, is a close associate of Professor Heller.
I am not usually advocating pure theoretical studies. But this is not purely theoretical studies. Because theoreticians who have healthy respects for what was really happening out there in the real world, not just hiding behind equations, deserve healthy respects themselves for their most admirable works.