i'm not gonna recommend any boards, but i will offer some advice. your friend should be learning how to ride before he worries about the park. get him looking at all mountain boards, by the time he's ready for his next board after that he should have enough of the basics down to decide on a park board.
I'm not the Devil. I'm much, much older. I watched the Beginning and I will see the End. I am the dark behind the stars. I am the dark inside you all. (Event Horizon)