I think you guys are jumping to a little bit of an irrational conclusion here.
First, a few things you shoul understand: Driving shots are only bad if they are boring and not well shot. Also, if there is too much of it. That said, driving footage serves the purpose of providing a story.
Now, some of you say that you don't want a story, just kayaking. You are wrong here. Something I know to be true is that there is lots of insane water out there, there are lots of crazy play boaters out there, and that just watching it gets boring. It is the story behind the situations that makes it interesting.
You can't say that all you would want to see out of a Middle Kaweah expedition would be boating. To show only the boating would be to show only one part of the trip (probably one of the easier parts). There is so much involved in terms of hiking, camping, scouting, teamwork, that provides you with a complete picture of what is going on.
What you have to understand is that kayaking is not just about kayaking. It is a lifestyle, it is fun, and it takes a lot of work. I think that all that should be shown.
Apart from all of this, realize that making a kayaking movie isn't as easy as it sounds, it takes an immense amout of effort. Anyone who puts in that much effort has the right to decide to include whatever the hell shots they want.
While we are on this subject, check out the trailer to Spencer Cooke's new kayaking flick, Night of the Living Donkey: http://nightofthelivingdonkey.com/
. This is the sequel to the flick, Enter the Donkey and will be a rollicking good time.
Enough of me talking,