A certain amount of speed is your friend...anxiety and fear determines "how fast it feels" like you are going.
As for pro's going slow and you going too fast...a large part is perception...a pro from a distance looks to be going slow and because you are a newb...you feel that you are going fast...but really you are going slow and the pro is clipping right along.
Riding is a great teacher of learning how to face/handle fear and anxiety....its part of what is meant when we say "its all a mental game".
Btw, you don't want your board to slow down...you need to speed up (perceptively...remember Einstein and time perception}.
Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 12-26-2011 at 10:28 PM.