Surprised no one has suggested the Heritage as a NS alternative. Most companies have something like what you are after. YES pick your line, Capita BSOD, surely Burton have something, Smokin' KT22. There are tons out there.
If he's never riding switch, I feel like he would benefit from the directional shape of the Cobra, Premier, Raptor more.
As for other brands, I haven't found many good Burton freeride boards that were reasonably prices. Smokin is an option as is the BSOD... but I'm unfamiliar with them. Part of the issue is that the subject line mentions Never Summer... so most people reading this post own Never Summer boards.
Maybe Rome Agent or Anthem? I really liked my old 2006 Agent (I've recommend that if the current models are similar) and demo'd the 2007 Anthem and it was solid (could have been a little more playful have used more pop though)