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Type of cutback or top-turn maneuver during which the fins and tail section of the board are disengaged and pushed into a sideways or backward drift. Finless wooden boards from the 1940s back to antiquity slid to one degree or another on virtually every wave, while controlled sideslip moves were popular with '60s-era longboarders and early '70s shortboarders. The modern tailslide, however, was dev...

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