The Rottnest Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island. Playfully nicknamed The Rotto Swim, it is one of Western Australia's most iconic events and one of the biggest open-water swimming events in the world. It seems to have a contagious effect: once you start, it's hard to stop. Many participants work their way up from team swims, to duos, to solos. It seems rare to find a swimmer who didn't fall in love with the swim at their first crossing. These storytellers attempted solo crossings at the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim, held on the 24th of February. For some it was their first swim, others their 20th. All of them share a love of open-water swimming, admirable determination, and above all, a willingness to give it a go.
Stay tuned for more Rottnest Swim stories in the coming weeks.