The control scheme for the Skate series is known as 'Flick-It Controls'. These are used to perform flick tricks. To perform a flip trick you simply flick the right (analog) stick in a certain direction. The direction defines which trick is performed.
The idea is that the movement of the stick emulates the movement of the feet of a real skater. This system is the main area in which the Skate series differs from Tony Hawk games.
For a list of tricks and their controls go to the list of tricks here; Trickbook.
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