You might try google to see if there's a freeboard forum or group. I had never skated as a kid either. But for a while, I was really interested in the concept of freeboards and how they rode. That was a couple of years ago, but it seemed a bit obscure and I sorta lost interest.
Today, I'm all hot for the Baja Board motorized dirtboard. I will be saving all my pennies, nickels and dimes to get one of those when they finally hit the market.
Anyway, I hope you do find some fellow freeboarders to help you along. Let us know how it goes with your riding!