Since he's an old school rider, stick to a brand he would know, local would be even better. Nothing too soft as he's prob used to riding long/wide/stiff cambered decks, but also not too stiff since he's a rusty intermediate. So maybe something like a Ride Machete, K2 Turbo Dream, Lib Phoenix (Lynn or Lando), Gnu RC.
16 NS Swift - 14 TJ Brand Retro Fish
17 Burton Malavita Wing . 16 Burton Genesis X
16 Flow Talon