I would say "step down" to tenkara fishing, rather than "bump it up"
I never even heard of this until yesterday, seriously.
And tenkara has zero relationship to the striper surf. If you are only trying to catch trout sized stripers, perhaps, otherwise no place for it.
On the other hand, I know of fanatics who go out in NE gales using 2 handed rods and brag that it's the only way to fish.