I think I am reading this like V did. The guy doesn't have gear. If he buys gear, and he has a limited budget, he will probably buy water gear, to ride in the water, hence the question about what board to get. So if he does that, learning now will be too cold for a newbie. But yes, if he has a snowboard already, he can learn now with water-kites (inflato) on the snowboard and that will help him prepare for the water in the spring. I think I remember V said he learned on the snow first too. Dude, just get started anywhere, anytime, if you can. Its a great sport. But do it safely!