Warm, tropical waters sound very good to all the professional marathon swimmers who have been pounding out the miles in indoor pools and braving cold weather throughout the winter. They are all itching to head to Cozumel, Mexico next week for the next stop on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit.

The Mexican stop on the pro circuit on the absolutely stunning island of Cozumel will undoubtedly be a steppingstone for emerging swimmers.

Last year, Ous Mellouli gained invaluable experience that he leveraged to not only learn how to swim a 10 km race, but also to learn the strengths, weaknesses and tendencies of his competitors.

This year, it will be interesting to see if France's Romain Beraud can continue his streak on the World Cup circuit after winning two pro races earlier this year: the World Cup race in Santos, Brazil in January and La Patagones Viedma race in Argentina in February. As the early leader on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit, he will certainly have a target on his back.

There will be others who will emerge during next week's outstanding competition at the Yucatan Peninsula that is hosted by Kiril Todorov and the Federación Mexicana de Natación. The Daily News of Open Water Swimming will tweet the action live (here).
The current standings in the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup are as follows:

1. Romain Beraud (FRA) 42
2. Allan Do Carmo (BRA) 34
3. Thomas Lurz (GER) 34
4. Alex Meyer (USA) 32
5. Matteo Furlan (ITA) 28
6. Federico Vanelli (ITA) 26
7. Christian Reichert (GER) 22
8. Damien Cattin Vidal (FRA) 20
9. Igor Snitko (UKR) 16
10. Hendrik Rob Muffels (GER) 14
11. Evgeni Drattcev (RUS) 12
12. Gergely Gyurta (HUN) 10
12. Vasil Y Boykov (RUS) 10
14. Jack Burnell (GBR) 8
14. Simone Ruffini (ITA) 8
16. Joanes Hedel (FRA) 6
16. Detlef Soren Meissner (GER) 6
16. Nicola Bolzonello (ITA) 6
19. Thomas Allen (GBR) 5
20. Diogo Villarinho (BRA) 4
20. Samuel De Bona (BRA) 4
20. Aimeson King (CAN) 4
20. Charlie Cuignet (FRA) 4
20. Bertrand Venturi (FRA) 4
20. Thomas Sunter (GBR) 4
20. Andreas Waschburger (GER) 4
20. Christopher Bryan (IRE) 4
20. Lorenzo Parmigiani (ITA) 4
20. Yuto Kobayashi (JPN) 4
20. Vasco Gaspar (POR) 4
20. Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR) 4
20. Igor Cheruynskiy (UKR) 4
33. Luis Rogerio Arapiraca (BRA) 3
33. Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS) 3
35. Aquiles Balaudo (ARG) 2
35. Lucas Oliveira (BRA) 2
35. Victor Hugo Colon Ese (BRA) 2
35. Felipe Gonzalves (BRA) 2
35. Matheus Evangelista (BRA) 2
35. Victor Simoes (BRA) 2
35. Luan Vilha De Souza (BRA) 2
35. Linecker Scarpelli (BRA) 2
35. Hendrik Rijkens (GER) 2
35. Shai Toledano (ISR) 2
35. Yakov Glikman (ISR) 2
35. Jonathan Bar-Eli (ISR) 2
35. Daniel Ronen (ISR) 2
35. Idan Zvi Friedberg (ISR) 2
35. Tal Daskal (ISR) 2
35. Zohair Suleiman Shekh (ISR) 2
35. Rotem Toth (ISR) 2
35. David Baron (ISR) 2
35. Mario Sanzullo (ITA) 2
35. Pirani Federico (ITA) 2
35. Yasunari Hirai (JPN) 2
35. Ivan Lopez (MEX) 2
35. Alan Rojas (MEX) 2
35. Mario Bonan (POR) 2
35. Artem Podyakov (RUS) 2
35. Kirill Abrosimov (RUS) 2
35. Sergey Bolshakov (RUS) 2
35. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS) 2
35. Anton Pilipas (RUS) 2
35. Volodymyr Voronko (UKR) 2
35. Kyrlo Shvets (UKR) 2
35. Yoelvis Pedraza (USA) 2
35. David Heron (USA) 2
35. Luis Bolanos (VEN) 2
35. David Carrillo (VEN) 2
35. Diego Vera (VEN) 2
35. Johndry Segovia (VEN) 2

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