The United States wrapped up the team title on the final day at Huntington Beach ©ISA

The United States regained the team title on the final day of the World Junior Surfing Championship at Huntington Beach in California.

The American squad, who last won the crown in 2017 and were forced to settle for silver last year, topped the standings on 7,290 points.

Hawaii took silver on 6,270, narrowly in front of Japan, who scored 6,141 to earn bronze.

Spain clinched the copper medal with a tally of 5,252.

Dimitri Poulos, a last-minute call-up to the American team, sealed the boys' under-18 title for the US with a wave score of 15.33 points in the final.

Mexico's Alan Cleland claimed silver, Poulos' compatriot Tommy Coleman finished third and Joh Azuchi of Japan did enough for the copper medal.

Hawaii enjoyed double success in the individual events, thanks to Jackson Bunch and Gabriela Bryan.

Bunch wrapped up the boys' under-16 title after matching the event-high heat total with 17 points in the final.

Taj Lindblad of the US was second, while Portugal's Afonso Antunes took bronze and American Ryan Huckabee the copper.

Hawaii's Jackson Bunch impressed on his way to winning the boys' under-16 title ©ISA
Hawaii's Jackson Bunch impressed on his way to winning the boys' under-16 title ©ISA

Bryan recovered from a slow start to reign supreme in the girls' under-18 category, finishing the final with a score of 14.07.

Minami Nonaka of Japan received silver, while Noah Lia Kapp of Germany and Sara Wakita of Japan ended with bronze and copper respectively.

The girls' under-16 crown was secured by Kapp, who scored 11.34 points in the final before competing in the under-18 division minutes later.

Zoe Benedetto of the US earned silver, Hawaii's Betty Lou Sakura Johnson did enough for bronze and American Caitlin Simmers claimed copper.

"The future generation of surfers have once again risen to the occasion and performed on the greatest stage for under-18 surfers," said International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre. 

"These young world champions are following the footsteps of many legends before them, paving their own pathway towards stardom, and for some towards the Olympic Games.

"Some of the surfers that competed this week have already placed a foot into the Tokyo 2020 Games with provisional qualification, showcasing the youthful demographic of our sport. 

"If surfing is to be included in future editions of the Games, it is these surfers that we see today with medals that will likely be representing their nations in 2024, 2028, and beyond."