Simpson is a two-time U.S. Open of Surfing winner.
Fans are invited to vote for their favorite athletes and teams through midnight Sept. 4.
The announcement comes as surfing prepares to make its 2020 Olympic debut in Tokyo.
The wave pool will be the training site for 2018 Jr World Championship Team as well.
The committee is focused on podium success and growing the sport of surfing.
Twelve men and women were crowned in four disciplines.
The Jay Race is scheduled for June 17 in Santa Cruz.
Sign up to get our free daily eNewsletter.
Get updates of our Top Stories, Industry Releases, Industry Insight, Industry Careers listings, member Rewards, and more every business day.
If you previously signed up, but haven't been getting it, please resubscribe. Re-subscribing will override your spam filters.