So a good friend of mine tried snowboarding indoor this past weekend.. He used to be a skii'er but fell in love with the feeling.. "cant blame him"
The thing is he found a 2011 custom flying V, almost new with bindings for a fair price..
I know flat would be easier for him to learn on but is flying much worse for learning ?..
Im personally a camber fan but rode a Proto last season..
Nah, if it's a good deal and he wants it, let him get it. The Custom is a solid, solid board, and one that will be good for him to learn on, as the flex and shape of the board have kind of become a freestyle twin over the years, which is easier for beginners to learn on anyway.
I learned on camber boards, and boards that were too big for my weight. I learned without much of a problem, and I feel like it made me a better rider today.
Flat or V Rocked may be "better", but camber or flying v profiles aren't going to hurt him. It's a snowboard, a piece of wood, he will be fine. Make sure whatever boots he gets fit him properly though, that is far and away much more important than what board he learns on.
Have him buy the boots first, and have him buy whatever boots fit him the best, regardless of price.
Whatever money is left over can be put towards board/binding.
It's much better to have comfortable, new boots with a beater board/binding than to have a brand new board/binding setup and beat, used boots that you got just because it was what is cheap.