Okay my deserving soon-to-be-boarder is my neighbour Rob C: He and his GF moved here from England a few years ago and had never really been boarding or skiing. Since meeting us we've gone once but he's still in need of his first setup. I bug him all the time about boarding, and I know he really wants to get out there and do it!!!
I've been trying desperately to find him a good budget first setup, but he's struggling (even with a $220 board I found him) to pull the trigger as he's got a new baby and a soon to be wife to feed (and wedding to pay for).
The guy works his ass off, is a great Dad, and deserves to be out there on the snow with the rest of us on our days off!
Again, great idea for a thread, good luck to everybody!