Generally yes. A freestyle board tends to be more flexible, little deeper sidecut, and shorter. All of those things translate to a board that is easier to maneuver and more forgiving.
The last thing someone just starting out needs is a stiff plank that goes 100 mph. You'll be struggling to turn and get thrown on your ass more than you need to be.
Ultimately though it comes down to what you want but usually if you want to start off right listen to people's recommendations that know what they are talking about.
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