The definition of freestyle is a bit vague. From your description it seems like you might want a more all mountain oriented board. To go into detail, a freestyle board is soft and is not going to be that responsive. To most boarders freestyle entails mostly park days where you only pick up enough speed for mid sized kickers and hit objects (jibs, boxes, etc).
An all mountain board is going to give you most of what you need, fairly good response and it will let you hit the jumps as well as objects if you desire.
In all honesty you just started and dont know what you want to do yet...so a versatile board will enable you to explore.
Also, at a size 12 boot you are pushing into wide board territory.
I will go ahead and recommend some boards:
Capita Mid Life Artist
K2 Podium Wide
For your question about the Fresh board... it has an extruded base...which is durable but slow... and the core is nothing tech. I can't speak for its flex.
Remember also, the bindings and boots are just as important as the board. I would rather ride on a crap board with good bindings and boots, vice versa.
Enjoy the sport