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 West . 15 NS Snowtrooper BIA . 13 Salomon Pow Snake
15 Now Drive . 14 Burton Genesis
14 Flow Hylite