What board are they going on and what type of riding do you do?
He said in his post he has never ridden before. He Has no preferred type of riding... Hell he doesn't even know if he will like if for sure....
This being the case. You really should rent a setup of borrow one from a friend (if possible) and actually try snowboarding out before you dive in and buy shit. Just because your friends like it or it looks cool on tv doesn't necessarily mean you will enjoy it. You may end up liking or being more comfortable on skis who knows.