Just saw your thread so I thought I'd give you another board option. Camp 7 is definitely on cheaper end of the spectrum but as someone who has one, I can say that they're not that bad. Cosmetically they aren't the prettiest boards. Instead of slab plys pressed together, it looks like a plastic mold on top of the base layer. I haven't dinged mine up yet, but I have a feeling the first time anything hits the top it will take damage fast.
As a camber board, it holds up well. It has pretty fantastic stability at speed and decent dampening. It's a cheap snowboard, for certain...but its a good starting point until your friend is sure he wants to drop $$ on something better. Just make sure to give it a good wax and it'll treat you right. I usually only have icepack to ride on around here, and it does well on that.
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