The ISA SUP and Paddleboard Championship took place in Puerto Rico ©Getty Images

The United States were the most successful nation at this year's International Surfing Association (ISA) World SUP and Paddleboard Championship on the American unincorporated territory of Puerto Rico, claiming five titles.

Connor Baxter and April Zilg secured two of them in the men's and women's SUP sprint finals respectively.

Both had to come through three rounds to get the gold medal, with Baxter crossing the line first in the final in 1min 11sec, followed in by France's top seed Noic Garioud in 1:15.

Brazilian David Leão won bronze in 1:18. 

Zilg advanced to the women's final by finishing ahead of home favourite Mariecarmen Rivera in San Juan, and were joined by second semi-final qualifiers Caroline Küntzel from Denmark and Italian Cecilia Pampinella.

Küntzel had the quickest time in the semi-finals - but just like in the heats, she came up short to Zilg who crossed the line first in 1:32.

The Dane was second in 1:37, followed by Rivera three seconds back for the bronze.

Hunter Pflueger added two more in the men's prone distance and prone technical races.

The American won the distance race by some distance - finishing in a time of 1min 51.01sec to French silver medallist Julen Marticorena's 1:52.37.

Bronze went to Spaniard David Buil in 1:53.18.

His second saw him clock a time of 31:55 in the technical, with Marticorena again runner-up in 32:10 and Andrew Newton from New Zealand the bronze medallist in 32:28.

Candice Appleby gave the Americans another gold with great performances the whole way through the women's SUP technical race competition.

In the final, the sixth seed clocked a time of 28.42sec for the win in front of Esperanza Barreras of Spain in 29.14 and Melanie Lafenetre of France in 29.18.

Zilg was nearly a second back in fourth in a time of 30.08.

Appleby, as a result, secured a spot at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games in the discipline alongside Costa Rican Jennifer Kalmbach, Mariecarmen Rivera from Puerto Rico and Brazil's Lena Ribeiro.

Eleventh seed Shuri Ariaki won the men's equivalent race in 26.41, with the Japanese joined on the podium by the French pair of Garioud and Titouan Puyo, who finished in 27.05 and 27.15 respectively.

Connor Baxter sealed the first Pan American Games spot in fifth, joined by Itzel Delgado of Peru, David Leão from Brazil and Argentina's Santino Basaldela.

Ariaki added another gold in the men's SUP distance race in 1:32.15 to finish on the podium with Puyo and Australian Michael Booth.

Brazil's Luiz Diniz and Argentina's Maria Lucia Cosoleto won the men's and women's SUP surf golds too to book their spots at the Pan American Games.

Diniz won in front of Benoit Carpentier of France and American Zane Schweitzer, with the latter also securing their spot in Chile.

Mexican Felipe Rodriguez and Tamil Martino from Peru qualified too.

Cosoleto beat Kaede Inoue of Japan to the gold, with Aline Adisaka of Brazil, Colombia's Isabella Gomez and American Candice Appleby finishing third to fifth, ensuring their qualification.

Finally, France won the team relay in 13min 12sec, finishing 16 seconds in front of Japan and 33 ahead of Spain, who claimed the minor medals.

Taking in all results across the Championship, France's consistency gave them top spot in the team rankings ahead of Spain and the US.