The event will be held in Biarritz, France May 26 – June 2.
Caroline Marks and John John Florence earned the recognition from the United States Olympic Committee.
USA Surfing is headed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
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.