2017 Busselton Jetty Swim | Wild weather challenged swimmers

Strong winds and big swells made the 2017 Busselton Jetty Swim the toughest event yet in its 22 year history.

Despite the bad weather, 2300 people braved the stormy waters to race around the jetty.

There were thousands of people lined up along the beach and jetty to cheer on the competitors as they swam 3.6 kilometres in open water to the finish line.

The fastest competitor Tim Hewitt made it across the finish line in just under 45 minutes, with the fastest woman Jaime Bowler coming into shore in 45.29 minutes.

Due to a strong easterly and significant chop and swell out towards the end of the jetty event organisers said many people did not achieve their goal times.

Despite this event organisers said the lead swimmers were very close to beating the race records which was a phenomenal effort in such trying conditions.

For more photos from the event visit busseltonmail.com.au.