This is my first snowboard and I've only been snowboarding for about a month. When I first got the board, I HATED it....and then realized that my bindings were too close together. Once I fixed that, I had a much better time on the board. The flex is a little stiff IMO for a beginner board, but overall it performs pretty well when you are learning. The edges were a little too sharp for my liking when I first got the board, but a quick rub down on a ski pole and I wasn't catching as many edges.
A quick note about the 'catch-free' edge. If you are new to snowboarding, don't think that this will keep you from catching the occasional edge. You WILL catch edges as you are learning and you WILL fall. It's a fact of life - accept it. The catch free edge helps once you're to the point where you' are learning dynamic transitions between your turns. If you are just learning how to stop and do C and J turns and your form is off or you put your heel or toe down at the wrong time, you will still catch an edge.
Recommended accessory - helmet :D
For the price, this is a great board. I recommend it for beginners. For intermediate and advanced riders, do your research and go with whatever style you have developed.