If you're new to skateboarding, you might not think it's all that hard. You know, once you get the balancing down it's all cake, right? Well, until you start going down a hill. At that point, you realize it's not as easy as it looks.
If you don't mind getting laughed off the skate park, one solution to your downhill problem is the SkateBrake kit. It's a set of brakes for your board, connected to a brake you hold in your hand and squeeze when the going gets a little too fast for your liking. Sure, you'll lose any street cred that comes with knowing how to skateboard, but your face will thank you for the lack of pavement-induced scabs later.