When it's a 50 When it's NOT a 50
"Wrong Direction"  

The competitor passes through the gate in the wrong direction - with or without a touch.

It is not a penalty if there is a movement in the wrong direction, provided that the paddler is going in the right direction at the start and finish of negotiation.

So a wash back, a bounce off a rock or the wind moving the gate back and forward during passage do not count as fifties.

 

The first and last passes through the gate must be in the correct direction. In the example below, a paddler breaks out above the gate, reverses through it and then paddles out in the right direction. It's a 50, and it cannot be undone.

It's also a 50 if the paddler negotiates the gate in the correct direction, but then drops back through it and paddles away.

 

Wrong Way

"Half Head"

"Split Gate" (C2)

"No Boat"

Capsized in Gate

Pretouch

Prenegotiation

Repeating a Gate