Cess slides are grinding on top of a flat surface without any edges – you just slide your boots on the surface – could be the asfalt or the...
Cess slides are grinding on top of a flat surface without any edges – you just slide your boots on the surface – could be the asfalt or the middle of a curb where you're sliding from one side to the other.
The trick has also been called a "powerslide". But since that originates from the skateboard term "powerslide", I've chosen to stick with the rollerblading term.
Cess slides were originally only done in royale position. In the past few years, people have taken this further to do cess slides in normal grind positions. Popular ones are toppornstar cess slide, fishbrain cess slides, unity cess slides, etc. Notice that these are topside terms – that is because you need to get as low with your boot to touch the surface as you would in a topside grind. Other popular cess slides are the fahrvergnugen and torque cess slides.
In the cess slide, you slide on your frame and boot at the same time – sliding on both at the same time helps you keep the balance.
Being able to do a cess slide or not shows how comfortable you are in your royale and fahvergnugen tricks. When you do a cess slide you have all your balance on the "backsliding", "torque'ing", or "souling" foot. So if you do a royale cess slide, you will have all your balance on the back foot – the backslide foot. The front foot will just help you keep the balance – but you shouldn't place your weight on it.
So since you have to put your weight on this foot, it would be a good idea to learn these grinds first: Backslide, torque, fishbrain, alleyoop fishbrain. When you can do these tricks, cess slides will not be a problem for you.
You can also do unity and savannah cess slides (basicly – you can do all grinds as a cess slide). When doing unity and savannah cess slides, you'll have to keep your weight more centered.
When you can do a royale on a ledge, try to lean into the ledge so that you slide on top of it. When you can do this – you've got the cess slide in your trick vocabulary.
Variations of the cess slides includes doing switchups – for instance fishbrain cess slide to royale cess slide. Even more popular is rotating while doing the cess slide – for instance starting in royale cess slide and rotating 720 degrees in the same position.
Written by Anders Toxboe on January 11, 2004